Perioperative Anemia Management as Part of PBM in Cardiac Surgery - A Narrative Updated Review

Patrick Meybohm, Sabine Westphal, Hanne Berg Ravn, Marco Ranucci, Seema Agarwal, Suma Choorapoikayil, Donat R Spahn, Aamer B Ahmed, Bernd Froessler, Kai Zacharowski


Anemia is common in patients with cardiac disease. Iron deficiency is the cause of anemia in about 80% of all cases. Preoperative anemia is associated with an increased morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. The risk of receiving red blood cell transfusions, which are potentially associated with severe side effects, is very high in these patients. Patient Blood Management (PBM) is a multidisciplinary approach to manage anemia, minimize unnecessary blood loss, and optimize transfusion therapy. PBM comprises 3 pillars: (1) detection and treatment of preoperative anemia, (2) reduction of perioperative blood loss, and (3) optimization of allogeneic blood therapy. The World Health Organization has urged all Member States to implement PBM. This narrative review focuses on pre-, intra-, and postoperative strategies to detect, prevent, and treat anemia as part of PBM in cardiac surgery.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)1060-1073
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2020


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