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Transfusion ; 61 Suppl 1: S22-S31, 2021 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34269432


BACKGROUND: Civilian and military guidelines recommend early balanced transfusion to patients with life-threatening bleeding. Low titer group O whole blood was introduced as the primary blood product for resuscitation of massive hemorrhage at Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway, in December 2017. In this report, we describe the whole blood program and present results from the first years of routine use. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Patients who received whole blood from December 2017 to April 2020 were included in our quality registry for massive transfusions. Post-transfusion blood samples were collected to analyze isohemagglutinin (anti-A/-B) and hemolysis markers. Administration of other blood products, transfusion reactions, and patient survival (days 1 and 30) were recorded. User experiences were surveyed for both clinical and laboratory staff. RESULTS: Two hundred and five patients (64% male and 36% female) received 836 units in 226 transfusion episodes. Patients received a mean of 3.7 units (range 1-35) in each transfusion episode. The main indications for transfusion were trauma (26%), gastrointestinal (22%), cardiothoracic/vascular (18%), surgical (18%), obstetric (11%), and medical (5%) bleeding. There was no difference in survival between patients with blood type O when compared with non-group O. Haptoglobin level was lower in the transfusion episodes for non-O group patients, however no clinical hemolysis was reported. No patients had conclusive transfusion-associated adverse events. Both clinical and laboratory staff preferred whole blood to component therapy for massive transfusion. DISCUSSION: The experience from Haukeland University Hospital indicates that whole blood is feasible, safe, and effective for in-hospital treatment of bleeding.

Transfusão de Sangue , Ressuscitação , Reação Transfusional/etiologia , Adolescente , Adulto , Idoso , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Transfusão de Sangue/métodos , Criança , Pré-Escolar , Feminino , Hemólise , Hospitais , Humanos , Lactente , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Noruega/epidemiologia , Ressuscitação/métodos , Reação Transfusional/sangue , Reação Transfusional/patologia , Adulto Jovem
Transfusion ; 59(S2): 1446-1452, 2019 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30980744


The shift toward using a transfusion strategy in a ratio to mimic whole blood (WB) functionality has revitalized WB as a viable option to replace severe blood loss in civilian health care. A military-civilian collaboration has contributed to the reintroduction of WB at Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway. WB has logistical and hemostatic advantages in both the pre- and in-hospital settings where the goal is a perfectly timed balanced transfusion strategy. In this paper, we describe an event leading to activation of our emergency WB collection strategy for the first time. We evaluate the feasibility of our civilian walking blood bank (WBB) to cover the need of a massive amount of blood in an emergency situation. The challenges are discussed in relation to the different stages of the event with the recommendations for improvement in practice. We conclude that the use of pre-screened donors as a WBB in a civilian setting is feasible. The WBB can provide platelet containing blood components for balanced blood resuscitation in a clinically relevant time frame.

Bancos de Sangue , Doadores de Sangue , Segurança do Sangue , Seleção do Doador , Hospitais Militares , Medicina Militar , Bancos de Sangue/organização & administração , Bancos de Sangue/normas , Segurança do Sangue/métodos , Segurança do Sangue/normas , Seleção do Doador/organização & administração , Seleção do Doador/normas , Feminino , Hospitais Militares/organização & administração , Hospitais Militares/normas , Humanos , Masculino , Medicina Militar/métodos , Medicina Militar/organização & administração , Medicina Militar/normas , Noruega
Transfus Apher Sci ; 40(2): 119-23, 2009 Apr.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-19249246


BACKGROUND: Thromboelastography (TEG) records the continuous profiles of whole blood coagulation by measurement of the viscoelastic changes associated with fibrin polymerization, and thereby provides a global assessment of haemostatic function. In the past decades there has been an increasing interest for TEG in clinical practice. In this paper we present the rationale for the method and a discussion of the possible application of TEG. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This review is based on personal experience and literature retrieved from searches in PubMed. RESULTS AND INTERPRETATION: Currently TEG is used with standard coagulation tests to decrease the risk for bleeding and reduce the homologous blood transfusion in cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass and in liver surgery. Other applications are severe trauma, obstetric medicine, haemophilia and hypercoagulable conditions. Development of a modified TEG, using heparin in combination with reptilase and factor XIIIa, has the potential to monitor the effects of platelet inhibiting drugs. It should be kept in mind that the TEG is a global test of coagulation and therefore the need for additional haemostatic tests should be evaluated when applicable. The main advantage for TEG is an inexpensive patient near method for quick evaluation of the patient's global haemostatic system. Used by experienced hands, TEG is a valuable haemostatic test, the future of which is already present.

Transtornos da Coagulação Sanguínea/diagnóstico , Tromboelastografia/métodos , Trombofilia/diagnóstico , Humanos