BACKGROUND In our institution, we have redefined our criteria for direct availability of red blood cell (RBC) units in the operation room. In this study, we sought to evaluate the safety of applying this new logistical policy of blood transfusion in the first preliminary group of patients. METHODS In March 2010, we started a new policy concerning the… (More)
We report a case of inability to ventilate a patient after completion of pneumonectomy, due to migrated tumor tissue to the contralateral side. This represents an unusual complication with a high mortality rate. We have managed to find the cause in time and were able to remove the obstructive tissue using bronchoscopy.
blood supplied by the central Dutch blood bank to our blood bank has decreased. This leads to less general requests for blood donation and consequently to a decrease in the costs. In our study , we have shown that blood was available within 20 min of ordering it for all patients who needed blood transfusion intraoperatively. Without this logistic… (More)