Eliminating International Normalized Ratio Threshold for Transfusion in Pediatric Patients with Acute Liver Failure.
Reporting of Perioperative Adverse Events by Pediatric Anesthesiologists at a Tertiary Children's Hospital: Targeted Interventions to Increase the Rate of Reporting.
Anesthesia and analgesia
INTRODUCTION: Transfusion protocols are not well-studied for pediatric patients with acute liver failure (ALF). This study evaluates the utility of an international normalized ratio (INR)-based transfusion threshold for these patients.METHODS: Forty-four ALF pediatric patients from 2009 to 2018 were reviewed and divided into two groups: (1) a threshold group including patients between 2009-2015 who were transfused for an INR above 3.0, per institutional policy (n=30), and (2) a post-threshold group including patients after 2015 through 2018 who were transfused based on clinical judgment (n=14). Preoperative INRs, preoperative transfusions, intraoperative transfusions, early reoperation, renal function, graft function and deaths were compared.RESULTS: Liver failure severity was similar between threshold and post-threshold groups. Threshold patients had a lower average INR prior to transplantation, 2.8 (range 1.8-3.8) versus 4.4 (range 2.1-9.0), respectively (p=0.01). Twenty-six threshold patients (87%) received preoperative FFP compared to seven post-threshold patients (50%, p=0.0088). Two threshold patients (7%) received preoperative cryoprecipitate compared to five post-threshold patients (36%, p=0.014). The incidence of pre-transplant bleeding, operative transfusions and one-year patient and graft survival did not differ significantly.CONCLUSION: Clinical judgment versus an INR-based threshold for transfusions did not increase perioperative complications in children with ALF.
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Perioperative management of pediatric en-bloc combined heart-liver transplants: a case series review.
2016; 26 (10): 976-986
Incident reporting systems (IRSs) are important patient safety tools for identifying risks and opportunities for improvement. A major IRS limitation is underreporting of incidents. Perioperative anesthesia IRSs have been established at multiple pediatric institutions and a national pediatric anesthesia IRS for perioperative serious adverse events (SAEs) is maintained by Wake Up Safe (WUS), a patient safety organization dedicated to pediatric anesthesia quality improvement. A confidential, electronic, perioperative IRS was instituted at our tertiary children's hospital, which is a WUS member. The primary study aim was to increase the rate of incident reporting by anesthesiologists at our institution through a series of interventions. The secondary aim was to characterize our reporting behavior relative to national practice by referencing SAE data from WUS.Perioperative adverse events reported over a 71-month period (November 2010 to September 2016) were categorized and the monthly reporting rates determined. Effects of 6 interventions targeted to increase the reporting rate were analyzed using control charts. Intervention 5 involved interviewing pediatric anesthesiologists to ascertain incident reporting barriers and motivators. A key driver diagram was developed and used to guide an improvement initiative. Incidents that fulfilled WUS criteria for SAEs were identified and categorized. SAE reporting rates over a 27-month period for 12 WUS member institutions were determined.2689 perioperative adverse events were noted in 1980 of 72,384 anesthetics. Mean monthly adverse event case rate was 273 (95% confidence interval, 250-297) per 10,000 anesthetics. A subgroup involving 54,469 cases had 529 SAEs in 440 anesthetics; a mean monthly SAE case rate of 80 (95% confidence interval, 69-91) per 10,000 anesthetics. Cardiac, respiratory, and airway events predominated. Relative to WUS peer members, our institution is a high-reporting outlier. The rate of incident reporting per 10,000 anesthetics was sustainably increased from 149 ± 35 to 387 ± 73 (mean ± SD) after implementing mandatory IRS data entry and Intervention 5 quality improvement initiative. Barriers to reporting included concern for punitive repercussions, feelings of incompetence, poor education about what constitutes an event, lack of feedback, and the perception that reporting had no value. These were addressed by IRS education, cultivation of a culture of safety where reporting is encouraged, reporter feedback, and better inclusion of anesthesiologists in patient safety work.Electronic mandatory IRS data entry and an initiative to understand and address reporting barriers and motivators were associated with sustained increases in the adverse event reporting rate. These strategies to minimize underreporting enhance IRS value for learning and may be generalizable.
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In vitro evaluation of a novel system for monitoring surgical hemoglobin loss.
Anesthesia and analgesia
2014; 119 (3): 595-600
Combined heart and liver transplantation (CHLT) in the pediatric population involves a complex group of patients, many of whom have palliated congenital heart disease (CHD) involving single ventricle physiology.The purpose of this study was to describe the perioperative management of pediatric patients undergoing CHLT at a single institution and to identify management strategies that may be used to optimize perioperative care.We did a retrospective database review of all patients receiving CHLT at a children's hospital between 2006 and 2014. Information collected included preoperative characteristics, intraoperative management, blood transfusions, and postoperative morbidity and mortality.Five pediatric CHLTs were performed over an 8-year period. All patients had a history of complex CHD with multiple sternotomies, three of whom had failing Fontan physiology. Patient age ranged from 7 to 23 years and weight from 29.5 to 68.5 kg. All CHLTs were performed using an en-bloc technique where both the donor heart and liver were implanted together on cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). The median operating room time was 14.25 h, median CPB time was 3.58 h, and median donor ischemia time was 4.13 h. Patients separated from CPB on dopamine, epinephrine, and milrinone infusions and two required inhaled nitric oxide. All patients received a massive intraoperative blood transfusion post CPB with amounts ranging from one to three times the patient's estimated blood volume. The patient who required the most transfusions was in decompensated heart and liver failure preoperatively. Four of the five patients received an antifibrinolytic agent as well as a procoagulant (prothrombin complex concentrate or recombinant activated Factor VII) to assist with hemostasis. There were no 30-day thromboembolic events detected. Postoperatively the median length of mechanical ventilation, ICU stay and stay to hospital discharge was 4, 8, and 37 days, respectively. All patients are alive and free from allograft rejection at this time.Combined heart and liver transplantation in the pediatric population involves a complex group of patients with unique perioperative challenges. Successful management starts with thorough preoperative planning and communication and involves strategies to deal with massive intraoperative hemorrhage and coagulopathy in addition to protecting and supporting the transplanted heart and liver and meticulous surgical technique. An integrated multidisciplinary team approach is the cornerstone for successful outcomes.
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Accurate measurement of intraoperative blood loss is an important clinical variable in managing fluid resuscitation and avoiding unnecessary transfusion of blood products. In this study, we measured surgical blood loss using a tablet computer programmed with a unique algorithm modeled after facial recognition technology. The aim of the study was to assess the accuracy and performance of the system on surgical laparotomy sponges in vitro.Whole blood samples of premeasured hemoglobin (Hb) and volume were reconstituted from units of human packed red blood cells and plasma and distributed across surgical laparotomy sponges. Normal saline was added to simulate the presence of varying levels of hemodilution and/or irrigation use. Soaked sponges from 4 different manufacturers were scanned using the Triton System with Feature Extraction Technology (Gauss Surgical, Inc., Palo Alto, CA) under 3 different ambient light conditions in an operating room. Accuracy of Hb loss measurement was evaluated relative to the premeasured values using linear regression and Bland-Altman analysis. Correlations between studied variables and measurement bias were analyzed using nonparametric tests.The overall mean percent error for measure of Hb loss for the Triton System was 12.3% (95% confidence interval [CI], 8.2%-16.4%). A strong positive linear correlation between the premeasured and actual Hb masses was noted across the full range of intraoperative lighting conditions, including (A) high (r = 0.95 [95% CI, 0.93-0.96]), (B) medium (r = 0.94 [95% CI, 0.93-0.96]), and (C) low (r = 0.90 [95% CI, 0.87-0.93]) mean ambient light intensity. Bland-Altman analysis revealed a bias of 0.01 g [95% CI, -0.03 to 0.06 g] of Hb per sponge between the 2 measures. The corresponding lower and upper limits of agreement were -1.16 g (95% CI, -1.21 to -1.12 g) per sponge and 1.19 g (95% CI, 1.15-1.24 g) per sponge, respectively. Measurement bias of estimated blood loss and Hb mass using the new system were not associated with the volume of saline used to reconstitute the samples (P = 0.506 and P = 0.469, respectively), suggesting that the system is robust under a wide range of sponge saturation conditions.Mobile blood loss monitoring using the Triton system is accurate in assessing Hb mass on surgical sponges across a range of ambient light conditions, sponge saturation, saline contamination, and initial blood Hb. Utilization of this tool could significantly improve the accuracy of blood loss estimates.
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