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Perioperative Care

Restricted Diagnostic Phlebotomy to Avoid Iatrogenic Anemia

First-line therapy with coagulation factor concentrates combined with point-of-care coagulation testing is associated with decreased allogeneic blood transfusion in cardiovascular surgery: a retrospective, single-center cohort study.

Görlinger K, Dirkmann D, Hanke AA, Kamler M, Kottenberg E, Thielmann M, Jakob H, Peters J.

Source‎: Anesthesiology 2011;115(6):1179-1191.

Indexed‎: PubMed 21970887

DOI‎: 10.1097/ALN.0b013e31823497dd

Savoring every drop--vampire or mosquito?

Fischer D, Zacharowski KD, Meybohm P.

Source‎: Crit Care 2014;18(3):306.

Indexed‎: PubMed 25032998

DOI‎: 10.1186/cc13884

Point-of-care testing: a prospective, randomized clinical trial of efficacy in coagulopathic cardiac surgery patients.

Weber CF, Görlinger K, Meininger D, Herrmann E, Bingold T, Moritz A, Cohn LH, Zacharowski K.

Source‎: Anesthesiology 2012;117(3):531-547.

Indexed‎: PubMed 22914710

Diagnostic blood loss from phlebotomy and hospital-acquired anemia during acute myocardial infarction.

Salisbury AC, Reid KJ, Alexander KP, Masoudi FA, Lai SM, Chan PS, Bach RG, Wang TY, Spertus JA, Kosiborod M.

Source‎: Arch Intern Med 2011;171(18):1646-53.

Indexed‎: PubMed 21824940

DOI‎: 10.1001/archinternmed.2011.361

Surgical vampires and rising health care expenditure: reducing the cost of daily phlebotomy.

Stuebing EA, Miner TJ.

Source‎: Arch Surg 2011;146(5):524-7.

Indexed‎: PubMed 21576605

DOI‎: 10.1001/archsurg.2011.103

Comparison of structured use of routine laboratory tests or near-patient assessment with clinical judgement in the management of bleeding after cardiac surgery.

Avidan MS, Alcock EL, Da Fonseca J, Ponte J, Desai JB, Despotis GJ, Hunt BJ.

Source‎: Br J Anaesth 2004;92(2):178-86.

Indexed‎: PubMed 14722166

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