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Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

Outcomes (Economic)

Patient blood management in cardiac surgery results in fewer transfusions and better outcome.

Gross I, Seifert B, Hofmann A, Spahn DR.

Source‎: Transfusion 2015;55(5):1075-81.

Indexed‎: PubMed 25565302

DOI‎: 10.1111/trf.12946

Blood product conservation is associated with improved outcomes and reduced costs after cardiac surgery.

LaPar DJ, Crosby IK, Ailawadi G, Ad N, Choi E, Spiess BD, Rich JB, Kasirajan V, Fonner E Jr, Kron IL, Speir AM; Investigators for the Virginia Cardiac Surgery Quality Initiative.

Source‎: J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2013;145(3):796-804.

Indexed‎: PubMed 23414992

DOI‎: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2012.12.041

Experience of a network of transfusion coordinators for blood conservation (Ontario Transfusion Coordinators [ONTraC]).

Freedman J, Luke K, Escobar M, Vernich L, Chiavetta JA.

Source‎: Transfusion 2008;48(2):237-50.

Indexed‎: PubMed 18005329

Comprehensive multimodality blood conservation: 100 consecutive CABG operations without transfusion.

Helm RE, Rosengart TK, Gomez M, Klemperer JD, DeBois WJ, Velasco F, Gold JP, Altorki NK, Lang S, Thomas S, Isom OW, Krieger KH.

Source‎: Ann Thorac Surg 1998;65(1):125-36.

Indexed‎: PubMed 9456106

Clinical and economic outcomes associated with blood transfusions among elderly Americans following coronary artery bypass graft surgery requiring cardiopulmonary bypass.

Ganz ML, Wu N, Rawn J, Pashos CL, Strandberg-Larsen M.

Source‎: Blood Transfus 2014;12 Suppl 1:s90-9.

Indexed‎: PubMed 23399371

DOI‎: 10.2450/2013.0170-12

Impact of bleeding-related complications and/or blood product transfusions on hospital costs in inpatient surgical patients.

Stokes ME, Ye X, Shah M, Mercaldi K, Reynolds MW, Rupnow MF, Hammond J.

Source‎: BMC Health Serv Res 2011;11:135.

Indexed‎: PubMed 21627788

DOI‎: 10.1186/1472-6963-11-135

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