In a joint effort, the European Association of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS) and European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiology (EACTA) worked together towards a common guideline for Patient Blood Management (PBM) in cardiac surgery.
The PBM guideline presents an evidence-based, multidisciplinary approach that aims for maintenance of haemostasis and minimization of blood loss in patients who might need allogeneic blood transfusion. In addition to a description of the current evidence for PBM in cardiac surgery, the guideline provides practical solutions for daily problems in this field. The guidelines also underline that further improvement of the evidence-base of PBM in cardiac surgery is warranted.
We hope that this guideline might aid clinicians in their daily practice, and contributes to a multidisciplinary approach with respect to patient haemostasis and transfusion practice in cardiac surgery.
Chair, EACTA Haemostasis and Transfusion subcommittee
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