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Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

Preoperative Anemia Management

Cardiovascular surgery in Jehovah's Witness patients: the role of preoperative optimization.

Tanaka A, Ota T, Uriel N, Asfaw Z, Onsager D, Lonchyna VA, Jeevanandam V

Source‎: J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2015;150(4):976-83.e1-3.

Indexed‎: PubMed 26211405

DOI‎: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2015.06.059

A single dose of erythropoietin reduces perioperative transfusions in cardiac surgery: results of a prospective single-blind randomized controlled trial.

Weltert L, Rondinelli B, Bello R, Falco M, Bellisario A, Maselli D, Turani F, De Paulis R, Pierelli L.

Source‎: Transfusion 2015;55(7):1644-54.

Indexed‎: PubMed 25702777

DOI‎: 10.1111/trf.13027

Effects of preoperative intravenous erythropoietin plus iron on outcome in anemic patients after cardiac valve replacement.

Cladellas M, Farré N, Comín-Colet J, Gómez M, Meroño O, Bosch MA, Vila J, Molera R, Segovia A, Bruguera J.

Source‎: Am J Cardiol 2012;110(7):1021-6.

Indexed‎: PubMed 22771376

DOI‎: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2012.05.036

Effect of single recombinant human erythropoietin injection on transfusion requirements in preoperatively anemic patients undergoing valvular heart surgery.

Yoo YC, Shim JK, Kim JC, Jo YY, Lee JH, Kwak YL.

Source‎: Anesthesiology 2011;115(5):929-37.

Indexed‎: PubMed 22027622

DOI‎: 10.1097/ALN.0b013e318232004b

Preoperative very short-term, high-dose erythropoietin administration diminishes blood transfusion rate in off-pump coronary artery bypass: a randomized blind controlled study.

Weltert L, D'Alessandro S, Nardella S, Girola F, Bellisario A, Maselli D, De Paulis R.

Source‎: J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg 2010;139(3):621-7.

Indexed‎: PubMed 20042202

DOI‎: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2009.10.012

Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of effects of enteral iron supplementation on anemia and risk of infection during surgical critical illness.

Pieracci FM, Henderson P, Rodney JR, Holena DN, Genisca A, Ip I, Benkert S, Hydo LJ, Eachempati SR, Shou J, Barie PS.

Source‎: Surg Infect (Larchmt) 2009;10(1):9-19.

Indexed‎: PubMed 19245362

DOI‎: 10.1089/sur.2008.043

Preoperative erythropoietin and blood conservation management for thoracoabdominal aneurysm repair in a Jehovah's Witness.

Sarac TP, Clifford C, Waters J, Clair DG, Ouriel K.

Source‎: J Vasc Surg 2003;37(2):453-5.

Indexed‎: PubMed 12563221

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