Bleedin’ starch

Rapidly Degradable Hydroxyethyl Starch Solutions Impair Blood Coagulation After Cardiac Surgery:A Prospective Randomized Trial. Schramko, A. A et al. Anesth Analg 2009;108:30-6

Thanks to Lynsey Davies & the QMC journal club for reviewing this recent paper. Although the numbers are small, and their end points may not be clinically significant, the potential implications for routine use of starches are important. Especially since the publication of the VISEP trial. You can find Dr. Davies’s presentation in the blue box, named starch and coagulation.

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