Blood Conservation Guidelines

2011 Update to The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Blood Conservation Clinical Practice Guidelines
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This revised guideline contains new evidence, published since the 2007 guideline was released, that alters or adds to the 61 previous recommendations in the original publication (see below).

A report from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Blood Conservation Guideline Task Force: Victor A. Ferraris, MD, PhD (Chair), Jeremiah R. Brown, PhD, George J. Despotis, MD, John W. Hammon, MD, T. Brett Reece, MD, Sibu P. Saha, MD, MBA, Howard K. Song, MD, PhD, and Ellen R. Clough, PhD; The Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Special Task Force on Blood Transfusion: Linda J. Shore-Lesserson, MD, Lawrence T. Goodnough, MD, C. David Mazer, MD, Aryeh Shander, MD, Mark Stafford-Smith, MD, and Jonathan Waters, MD; and The International Consortium for Evidence Based Perfusion: Robert A. Baker, PhD, Dip Perf, CCP (Aus), Timothy A. Dickinson, MS, Daniel J. FitzGerald, CCP, LP, Donald S. Likosky, PhD, and Kenneth G. Shann, CCP.


Perioperative Blood Transfusion and Blood Conservation in Cardiac Surgery: The Society of Thoracic Surgeons and The Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Clinical Practice Guideline
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A report from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons Blood Conservation Guideline Task Force; Victor A. Ferraris, MD, PhD (Chair), Suellen P. Ferraris, PhD, Sibu P. Saha, MD, Eugene A. Hessel II, MD, Constance K. Haan, MD, MS, B. David Royston, MD, Charles R. Bridges, MD, ScD, Robert S. D. Higgins, MD, George Despotis, MD, and Jeremiah R. Brown, PhD; and The Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Special Task Force on Blood Transfusion; Bruce D. Spiess, MD, FAHA (Chair), Linda Shore-Lesserson, MD, Mark Stafford-Smith, MD, C. David Mazer, MD, Elliott Bennett-Guerrero, MD, Steven E. Hill, MD, and Simon Body, MB, ChB. © 2007 The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. 

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