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Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

Minimal Perfusion Circuits and Fluid (Volume) Management

Use of minimal extracorporeal circulation improves outcome after heart surgery; a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.

Anastasiadis K, Antonitsis P, Haidich AB, Argiriadou H, Deliopoulos A, Papakonstantinou C.

Source‎: Int J Cardiol 2013;164(2):158-69.

Indexed‎: PubMed 22325958

DOI‎: 10.1016/j.ijcard.2012.01.020

Acute normovolemic hemodilution reduces allogeneic red blood cell transfusion in cardiac surgery: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials.

Barile L, Fominskiy E, Di Tomasso N, Alpizar Castro LE, Landoni G, De Luca M, Bignami E, Sala A, Zangrillo A, Monaco F

Source‎: Anesth Analg 2017; 124(3):743-52.

Indexed‎: PubMed 27669554

DOI‎: 10.1213/ANE.0000000000001609

Influence of intraoperative fluid volume on cardiopulmonary bypass hematocrit and blood transfusions in coronary artery bypass surgery.

Campbell JA, Holt DW, Shostrom VK, Durham SJ.

Source‎: J Extra Corpor Technol 2008;40(2):99-108.

Indexed‎: PubMed 18705545

Minimized perfusion circuits: an alternative in the surgical treatment of Jehovah's Witnesses.

El-Essawi A, Breitenbach I, Ali K, Jungebluth P, Brouwer R, Anssar M, Harringer W.

Source‎: Perfusion 2013;28(1):47-53.

Indexed‎: PubMed 22907954

DOI‎: 10.1177/0267659112457971

Significant reduction in blood loss in patients undergoing minimal extracorporeal circulation.

Gerritsen WB, van Boven WJ, Wesselink RM, Smelt M, Morshuis WJ, van Dongen HP, Haas FJ, Aarts LP.

Source‎: Transfus Med 2006;16(5):329-34.

Indexed‎: PubMed 16999755

Novel ultrafiltration technique for blood conservation in cardiac operations.

Gunaydin S, Gourlay T.

Source‎: Ann Thorac Surg 2013;95(6):2148-51.

Indexed‎: PubMed 23706433

DOI‎: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2013.03.048

Impact of minimized extracorporeal circulation on outcome in patients with preoperative anemia undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery.

Haneya A, Philipp A, Von Suesskind-Schwendi M, Diez C, Hirt SW, Kolat P, Attmann T, Schoettler J, Zausig Y, Ried M, Schmid C.

Source‎: ASAIO J 2013;59(3):269-74.

Indexed‎: PubMed 23644614

DOI‎: 10.1097/MAT.0b013e3182894351

Overcoming challenges: the use of minimal extracorporeal circulation in Jehovah’s Witnesses undergoing cardiac surgery.

John A, Bennett M, Lloyd C, Allen S.

Source‎: J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2010;139(6):e122-3.

Indexed‎: PubMed 19931094

DOI‎: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2009.09.024

Beneficial effects of using a minimal extracorporeal circulation system during coronary artery bypass grafting.

Liu Y, Tao L, Wang X, Cui H, Chen X, Ji B.

Source‎: Perfusion 2012;27(1):83-9.

Indexed‎: PubMed 21987667

DOI‎: 10.1177/0267659111424636

Minimized extracorporeal circulation system in coronary artery bypass surgery: a 10-year single-center experience with 2243 patients.

Puehler T, Haneya A, Philipp A, Zausig YA, Kobuch R, Diez C, Birnbaum DE, Schmid C.

Source‎: Eur J Cardiothorac Surg 2011;39(4):459-64.

Indexed‎: PubMed 20851618

DOI‎: 10.1016/j.ejcts.2010.08.006

Coronary artery bypass grafting with a minimized cardiopulmonary bypass circuit: a prospective, randomized trial.

Sakwa MP, Emery RW, Shannon FL, Altshuler JM, Mitchell D, Zwada D, Holter AR.

Source‎: J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2009;137(2):481-5.

Indexed‎: PubMed 19185173

DOI‎: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2008.08.057

Effects of a multimodality blood conservation schema toward improvement of intraoperative hemoglobin levels and off-pump transfusions in coronary artery bypass graft surgery.

Tran MH, Lin DM, Wilcox T, Schiro D, Cannesson M, Milliken J.

Source‎: Transfusion 2014;54(10 Pt 2):2769-74.

Indexed‎: PubMed 24919540

DOI‎: 10.1111/trf.12745

The effect of retrograde autologous priming volume on haemodilution and transfusion requirements during cardiac surgery.

Vandewiele K, Bové T, De Somer FM, Dujardin D, Vanackere M, De Smet D, Moerman AT, Bouchez S, François K.

Source‎: Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg 2013;16(6):778-83.

Indexed‎: PubMed 23482374

DOI‎: 10.1093/icvts/ivt085

Management of intraoperative fluid balance and blood conservation techniques in adult cardiac surgery.

Vretzakis G, Kleitsaki A, Aretha D, Karanikolas M.

Source‎: Heart Surg Forum 2011;14(1):E28-39.

Indexed‎: PubMed 21345774

DOI‎: 10.1532/HSF98.2010111

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