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Blood substitutes consumption and coagulation changes: 200/0.5 vs 130/0.4 hydroxyethyl starch administration

Introduction

The aim of the study was to evaluate blood substitutes consumption and coagulation profile differences in patients undergoing liver transplantation (LT) receiving volume replacement with 6% hydroxyethyl starch (HES 200/0.5) or with a low-molecular weight (LMW) HES (130/0.4) [1].

Methods

Thirty-five consecutive patients scheduled for LT were prospectively randomized to receive either 6% HES (group HES; n = 20) or LMW (group LMW; n = 15) for additional volume replacement. Normal saline at 10 ml/kg per hour was continuously infused in all patients. Conventional global coagulation tests, hemoglobin, hematocrit and platelet values were monitored at the start of surgery (T0), during the anhepatic phase (T1), and at the end of surgery (T2). All data yielded were compared and analyzed with the paired Student t test: P < 0.05 was considered significant (SPSS, PC plus).

Results

No differences in coagulation profile was observed between groups. Fluid and blood substitutes consumption are reported in Table 1.

Table 1

Conclusion

We observed the same coagulation profile and minor blood components consumption using either HES or LMW, and they can be both safely used in liver transplant patients.

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Costa, M., Pompei, L., Coccia, C. et al. Blood substitutes consumption and coagulation changes: 200/0.5 vs 130/0.4 hydroxyethyl starch administration. Crit Care 7, P109 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1186/cc1998

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Keywords

  • Blood Component
  • Hydroxyethyl Starch
  • Coagulation Test
  • Volume Replacement
  • Undergo Liver Transplantation