Dr, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, United Kingdom

Publications

  • Reviews   
    State-of-the-art blood conservation strategies following repair of aortic aneurysms and acute aortic dissection
    Author(s): Katharina Schulte and Rizwan Attia*

    surgery poses a higher risk for bleeding diathesis. Predictors of bleeding include patient factors such as older age, emergency surgery, lower body surface area and the use of perioperative antiplatelet agents. Operative factors include prolonged cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) time, complexity of surgery, reoperative surgery and prolonged hypothermia. Between 2% and 15% of patients require re-exploration for bleeding. Although a surgically correctable source is found in 50% to 67% of cases, bleeding and surgical re-exploration are independent predictors of adverse outcome. The use of allogeneic transfusions is associated with numerous adverse outcomes such as an increase in nosocomial infection and mortality in critically ill patients. Blood conservation strategies and steps to minimize bleeding are the desired clinical goal. Preoperative antiplatelet agents are limited when possible. T.. Read More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2368-0512.1000005

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