“Debunking Myths of Transfusion”

Anesthesiology, in conjunction with the Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (FAER), is pleased to announce the 3rd annual joint conference to be held at the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) Annual Meeting on October 19, 2010, in San Diego, California.

A beneficial effect on outcome has never been demonstrated for blood product transfusion. In contrast, hundreds of publications have found an association between blood product transfusion and adverse outcomes. However, recent literature indicates that transfusion of “fresh” red cells may have fewer adverse consequences. Furthermore, recent literature also states that focusing on coagulation is essential early after major trauma and the avoidance of fresh frozen plasma transfusion may be misguided. This session will explore these issues and provide a forum for presentation of recent findings in transfusion and resuscitation.

Three invited speakers will lead the session. John Holcomb, M.D., Director of the Center for Translational Injury Research at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, will describe the role of FFP in improving outcomes after trauma; Elliott Bennett-Guerrero, M.D., Duke Clinical Research Institute, Duke University, will discuss new blood on postoperative outcomes; and Donat R. Spahn, M.D., F.R.C.A., University Hospital Zürich, will describe outcomes after transfusion.

These lectures will be accompanied by the presentation of posters selected for their relevance to the symposium topic. The joint conference date, time and location will be announced at a later date.

Abstracts should be submitted via  the usual online process (which can be accessed via  the Web sites www.asahq.organd www.anesthesiology.org). Interested individuals should be sure to check the “Anesthesiology/FAER Joint Conference” box on the abstract submission form to be considered for inclusion in this special session. The deadline for abstract submission is March 31, 2010.

The authors of abstracts selected for the session will be offered an opportunity to submit their work to Anesthesiology for inclusion in a special issue to be published in the spring of 2011.