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transfusion practice variability

Catherine M Kuza, Monica S Vavilala, Rebecca M Speck, Richard P Dutton, Maureen McCunn
BACKGROUND: Few trauma guidelines evaluate and recommend anesthesiology practices and there are no trauma anesthesia-specific guidelines. There is no information on how anesthesiologists perceive clinical practice patterns. Our objective was to understand the perceptions of anesthesiologists regarding trauma anesthesia practices. METHODS: A survey assessing anesthesia management of trauma patients was distributed to 21,491 anesthesiologists. A subset of 10 of these questions was subsequently reviewed by a trauma anesthesiology focus group through a 3-round web-based Delphi process...
March 12, 2018: Anesthesia and Analgesia
Rakan I Odeh, Martin Sidler, Teresa Skelton, Fadi Zu'bi, Naimet K Naoum, Ibraheem Abu Azzawayed, Fahad A Alyami, Armando J Lorenzo, Walid A Farhat, Martin A Koyle
In pediatric RT, donor allograft size often exceeds the expected recipient norms, especially in younger recipients. An "oversize" graft might not only present a technical- and space-related challenge, but may possibly lead to increased demands in perioperative volume requirements due to the disparity between donor and recipient in renal blood flow. We evaluated transfusion practices at a single tertiary institution with special consideration of kidney graft size, hypothesizing that oversize graft kidneys might lead to a quantifiable increased need of blood transfusion in smaller recipients...
February 27, 2018: Pediatric Transplantation
Amélie Boutin, Lynne Moore, Robert S Green, Ryan Zarychanski, Mete Erdogan, François Lauzier, Shane English, Dean A Fergusson, Michael Butler, Lauralyn McIntyre, Michaël Chassé, Paule Lessard Bonaventure, Caroline Léger, Philippe Desjardins, Donald Griesdale, Jacques Lacroix, Alexis F Turgeon
PURPOSE: We aimed to evaluate the association between transfusion practices and clinical outcomes in patients with traumatic brain injury. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of adult patients with moderate or severe traumatic brain injury admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of a level I trauma center between 2009 and 2013. The associations between hemoglobin (Hb) level, red blood cell (RBC) transfusion and clinical outcomes were estimated using robust Poisson models and proportional hazard models with time-dependent variables, adjusted for confounders...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Critical Care
Christian Ertmer, Bernhard Zwißler, Hugo Van Aken, Michael Christ, Fabian Spöhr, Axel Schneider, Robert Deisz, Matthias Jacob
BACKGROUND: Outcome data on fluid therapy in critically ill patients from randomised controlled trials may be different from data obtained by observational studies under "real-life" conditions. We conducted this prospective, observational study to investigate current practice of fluid therapy (crystalloids and colloids) and associated outcomes in 65 German intensive care units (ICUs). In total, 4545 adult patients who underwent intravenous fluid therapy were included. The main outcome measures were 90-day mortality, ICU mortality and acute kidney injury (AKI)...
February 17, 2018: Annals of Intensive Care
Syed Hamza Mufarrih, Azeem Tariq Malik, Nada Qaisar Qureshi, Riaz Hussain Lakdawala, Umar Rabbani, Arif Ali, Shahryar Noordin
INTRODUCTION: Together with evidence of higher bleeding tendencies, the vulnerability of the South Asian population to anemia secondary to a higher prevalence of hemoglobinopathies and micronutrient deficiencies merits further exploration of the effects of tranexamic acid on this population. Additionally, limited access to self-care facilities and certain sociocultural beliefs and practices may not be conducive to a speedy recovery from surgical complications. The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of intraoperative administration of tranexamic acid during total knee arthroplasty when considering the South Asian population...
February 10, 2018: International Journal of Surgery
R El Khoury, C Kabir, V K Maker, M Banulescu, M Wasserman, A V Maker
INTRODUCTION: Conflicting evidence exists from randomized controlled trials supporting both increased complications/fistulae and improved outcomes with drain placement after pancreatectomy. The objective was to determine drain practice patterns in the USA, and to identify if drain placement was associated with fistula formation. METHODS: Demographic, perioperative, and patient outcome data were captured from the most recent annual NSQIP pancreatic demonstration project database, including components of the fistula risk score...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Orna Steinberg-Shemer, Joanne Yacobovich, Miriam Cohen, Ioav Z Cabantchik, Hannah Tamary
Poor adherence of transfusion-dependent patients to chelation treatment is often the cause of persistent iron overload and ensuing morbidity. However, a tool to assess patient compliance with therapy is lacking in clinical practice. Labile plasma iron (LPI, the redox-active component of non-transferrin bound iron) has been studied as an indicator of systemic iron overload and of chelation efficacy, and may particularly reflect recent iron equilibrium. We considered the use of LPI as a potential indicator for recent chelation treatment in 18 transfusion-dependent pediatric patients...
January 23, 2018: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
Anum Tariq, Huma Ali, Farya Zafar, Ali Akbar Sial, Kamran Hameed, Mehwish Rizvi, Rabia Bushra, Saima Salim, Zeb-Un Nisa, Ghazala R Naqvi, Saba Zubair
Among the well-known Health care-associated infections (HAIs), surgical site infections (SSIs) contribute to considerable high mortality and morbidity rate, substantial prolongation in hospitalization period and extra expenses in terms of treatment cost. This study was aimed to evaluate the predictive variables associated with surgical site infections, and their clinical consequences. This was a prospective, cross sectional study conducted in the surgical department of tertiary care setting in Karachi, Pakistan...
January 2018: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Nabil E Hassan, Diann E Reischman, Robert K Fitzgerald, Edward Vincent S Faustino
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevailing hemoglobin levels in PICU patients, and any potential correlates. DESIGN: Post hoc analysis of prospective multicenter observational data. SETTINGS: Fifty-nine PICUs in seven countries. PATIENTS: PICU patients on four specific days in 2012. INTERVENTIONS: None. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Patients' hemoglobin and other clinical and institutional data...
January 30, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Abdelmoneim Adel, Wael Awada, Bassant Abdelhamid, Heba Omar, Omnia Abd El Dayem, Ahmed Hasanin, Ashraf Rady
The evolution of non-invasive hemoglobin measuring technology would save time and improve transfusion practice. The validity of pulse co-oximetry hemoglobin (SpHb) measurement in the perioperative setting was previously evaluated; however, the accuracy of SpHb in different volume statuses as well as in different perfusion states was not well investigated. The aim of this work is to evaluate the accuracy and trending of SpHb in comparison to laboratory hemoglobin (Lab-Hb) during acute bleeding and after resuscitation...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Khalid S Khan, Philip Moore, Matthew Wilson, Richard Hooper, Shubha Allard, Ian Wrench, Tracy Roberts, Carol McLoughlin, Lee Beresford, James Geoghegan, Jane Daniels, Sue Catling, Vicki A Clark, Paul Ayuk, Stephen Robson, Fang Gao-Smith, Matthew Hogg, Louise Jackson, Doris Lanz, Julie Dodds
BACKGROUND: Caesarean section is associated with blood loss and maternal morbidity. Excessive blood loss requires transfusion of donor (allogeneic) blood, which is a finite resource. Cell salvage returns blood lost during surgery to the mother. It may avoid the need for donor blood transfusion, but reliable evidence of its effects is lacking. OBJECTIVES: To determine if routine use of cell salvage during caesarean section in mothers at risk of haemorrhage reduces the rates of blood transfusion and postpartum maternal morbidity, and is cost-effective, in comparison with standard practice without routine salvage use...
January 2018: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
Nareg H Roubinian, Jeanne E Hendrickson, Darrell J Triulzi, Jerome L Gottschall, Michael Michalkiewicz, Dhuly Chowdhury, Daryl J Kor, Mark R Looney, Michael A Matthay, Steven H Kleinman, Donald Brambilla, Edward L Murphy
OBJECTIVES: Transfusion-associated circulatory overload is characterized by hydrostatic pulmonary edema following blood transfusion. Restrictive transfusion practice may affect the occurrence and severity of transfusion-associated circulatory overload in critically ill patients. We sought to examine contemporary risk factors and outcomes for transfusion-associated circulatory overload. DESIGN: Case-control study. SETTING: Four tertiary care hospitals...
January 3, 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Jingcheng Zhao, Jenny Rydén, Agneta Wikman, Rut Norda, Simon J Stanworth, Henrik Hjalgrim, Gustaf Edgren
BACKGROUND: Patients with hematologic malignancies receive large numbers of blood transfusions, and transfusion practices for this patient group are increasingly being scrutinized by randomized controlled trials. However, no studies so far have presented current transfusion statistics on a population level for this patient group. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: A retrospective descriptive study was conducted that was based on the Scandinavian Donations and Transfusions Database (SCANDAT2), which includes data on all blood donations and transfusions in Sweden and Denmark since the 1960s...
December 17, 2017: Transfusion
Shi-Lin Zhong, Li-Ping Zeng, Huan Li, Rui-Fang Wu
OBJECTIVES: To develop and evaluate the efficacy and feasibility of Intracapsular Rotary-cut Procedure (IRCP) in laparoscopic myomectomy (LM). STUDY DESIGN: It is a retrospective study conducted in Peking University Shenzhen Hospital (PUSH) in Shenzhen, China. A total of 96 patients who were treated with LM because of big and moderate size of myomas in PUSH from January 2013 and December 2015 were enrolled in this study. Among them 35 were managed with IRCP -integrated LM as the study group, while the other 61 were treated with normal LM as the control group...
February 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
F Chiusolo, V Fanelli, M L Ciofi Degli Atti, G Conti, F Tortora, R Pariante, L Ravà, C Grimaldi, J de Ville de Goyet, S Picardo
ARF after pediatric liver transplantation accounts for high rate of morbidity and mortality associated with this procedure. The role of CPAP in postoperative period is still unknown. The aim of the study was to describe current practice and risk factors associated with the application of helmet CPAP. In this retrospective observational cohort study, 119 recipients were divided into two groups based on indication to CPAP after extubation. Perioperative variables were studied, and determinants of CPAP application were analyzed in a multivariate logistic model...
February 2018: Pediatric Transplantation
Sami Safadi, Robert C Albright, John J Dillon, Amy W Williams, Fares Alahdab, Julie K Brown, Amanda L Severson, Walter K Kremers, Mary Ann Ryan, Marie C Hogan
Introduction: Extracorporeal circuit (EC) anticoagulation with heparin is a key advance in hemodialysis (HD), but anticoagulation is problematic in inpatients at risk of bleeding. We prospectively evaluated a heparin-avoidance HD protocol, clotting of the EC circuit (CEC), impact on dialysis efficiency, and associated risk factors in our acute care inpatients who required HD (January 17, 2014 to May 31, 2015). Methods: HD sessions without routine EC heparin were performed using airless dialysis tubing...
July 2017: KI Reports
N Hlavac, C S Lasta, M L Dalmolin, L A Lacerda, D de Korte, N A Marcondes, S R Terra, F B Fernandes, F H D González
BACKGROUND: Platelet transfusion therapy poses many challenges in veterinary clinical practice. Lack of readily available blood donors, short shelf-life, and inability to administer a sufficient number of platelets to meet a dog's transfusion need are the major difficulties encountered. Platelet additive solutions are already in use at American and European human blood banks, showing to be a realistic alternative. This study compares the in vitro platelet function in plasma, Composol, or SSP+ during storage for 13 days...
November 15, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
Rafael Toro-Flores, Pilar Bravo-Agüi, María Victoria Catalán-Gómez, Marisa González-Hernando, María Jesús Guijarro-Cenisergue, Margarita Moreno-Vázquez, Isabel Roch-Hamelin, Tamara Raquel Velasco-Sanz
BACKGROUND: In the last decades, there have been important developments in the scientific and technological areas of healthcare. On certain occasions this provokes conflict between the patients' rights and the values of healthcare professionals which brings about, within this clinical relationship, the problem of conscientious objection. AIMS: To learn the opinions that the Nurses of the Madrid Autonomous Community have regarding conscientious objection. RESEARCH DESIGN: Cross-cutting descriptive study...
January 1, 2017: Nursing Ethics
Giovanni Landoni, Vladimir Lomivorotov, Simona Silvietti, Caetano Nigro Neto, Antonio Pisano, Gabriele Alvaro, Ludmilla Abrahao Hajjar, Gianluca Paternoster, Hynek Riha, Fabrizio Monaco, Andrea Szekely, Rosalba Lembo, Nesrin A Aslan, Giovanni Affronti, Valery Likhvantsev, Cristiano Amarelli, Evgeny Fominskiy, Martina Baiardo Redaelli, Alessandro Putzu, Massimo Baiocchi, Jun Ma, Giuseppe Bono, Valentina Camarda, Remo Daniel Covello, Nora Di Tomasso, Miriam Labonia, Carlo Leggieri, Rosetta Lobreglio, Giacomo Monti, Paolo Mura, Anna Mara Scandroglio, Daniela Pasero, Stefano Turi, Agostino Roasio, Carmine D Votta, Emanuela Saporito, Claudio Riefolo, Chiara Sartini, Luca Brazzi, Rinaldo Bellomo, Alberto Zangrillo
OBJECTIVE: A careful choice of perioperative care strategies is pivotal to improve survival in cardiac surgery. However, there is no general agreement or particular attention to which nonsurgical interventions can reduce mortality in this setting. The authors sought to address this issue with a consensus-based approach. DESIGN: A systematic review of the literature followed by a consensus-based voting process. SETTING: A web-based international consensus conference...
February 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Rahul Chaurasia, Diptiranjan Rout, Kanchan Dogra, Poonam Coshic, Kabita Chatterjee
Though not very frequent, blood group discrepancies are of common occurrence which must be promptly resolved for safe transfusion practices. Blood group discrepancy is defined as the non-corroboration between cell grouping and serum grouping. Variable erythrocyte antigenic expressions (qualitative and/or quantitative difference) owing to allelic heterogeneity, give rise to subgroups. Problems during blood grouping due to weakened expression of antigens are a rare cause for ABO discrepancies. Of note, subgroups of 'B' with decreased expression of the B antigen are of very rare occurrence in the general population...
December 2017: Indian Journal of Hematology & Blood Transfusion
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