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Patient Blood Management in Cardiac Surgery

  • Christian von Heymann
  • Christa Boer
  • Enables the identification of patients at high risk of bleeding during cardiac surgery

  • Covers preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative treatment

  • Discusses all aspects of patient blood management


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Benjamin Porter, Harjot Singh
    Pages 1-11
  3. Identification of Patients at High Risk for Bleeding

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Michael I. Meesters, Christa Boer
      Pages 15-24
    3. Felix Balzer, Henning Uden
      Pages 25-30
  4. Preoperative Measures to Reduce Anemia

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Christian von Heymann, Lutz Kaufner
      Pages 33-39
    3. Lutz Kaufner, Christian von Heymann
      Pages 41-47
  5. Perioperative Drug Management to Prevent Bleeding and Thrombosis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Aamer Ahmed, Adeel Majeed
      Pages 51-60
    3. Emma C. Hansson, Anders Jeppsson
      Pages 61-67
    4. Pascal Colson
      Pages 69-75
  6. Monitoring of Coagulation and Hemostasis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 77-77
    2. Marcus D. Lancé
      Pages 79-88
    3. Seema Agarwal
      Pages 89-98
  7. Intraoperative Measures to Reduce Bleeding and Maintain Hemostasis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Christa Boer
      Pages 101-106
    3. David Faraoni
      Pages 107-116
    4. Alexander Wahba
      Pages 117-121
    5. Alexander B. A. Vonk
      Pages 123-128

About this book


This book provides a multidisciplinary approach to the maintenance of hemostasis and minimisation of blood loss in patients undergoing cardiac surgery. All aspects of patient blood management are covered that may contribute to a reduction in perioperative bleeding and transfusion requirements in cardiac surgery. This is achieved through practical cases and a theoretical background that gives a better understanding of patient hemostasis and the occurrence of bleeding complications. 

This book is relevant to cardiac surgeons, anesthesiologists, clinical perfusionists, hematologists and intensivists.


Hemostasis Coagulation abnormalities Microvascular bleeding Thrombosis Coagulation Anticoagulants Bleeding management

Editors and affiliations

  • Christian von Heymann
    • 1
  • Christa Boer
    • 2
  1. 1.Vivantes Klinikum im FriedrichshainBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Amsterdam University Medical Center, VU UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands

About the editors

Christian von Heymann, MD, PhD

Christian von Heymann is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine appointed at the Charité - Medical Faculty of the Humboldt-University of Berlin and is head of the Department of Anesthesia, Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine and Pain Therapy  at the Vivantes Klinikum im Friedrichshain, a large tertiary care and teaching hospital, in the center of Berlin, Germany. His main research interests are preoperative anemia, clotting and bleeding disorders in cardiac, general surgery and intensive care medicine. Dr. von Heymann has co-authored the EACTA/EACTS guideline on Patient Blood Management in Cardiac Surgery as well as the German guidelines on Preoperative Anemia and the Diagnostics and Treatment of Peripartum Hemorrhage. He is a member of several committees on Transfusion and Blood Conservation at the German Medical Chamber, the EACTA subcommittee of Hemostasis and Transfusion, and currently chairs the Transfusion, Hemostasis and Thrombosis subcommittee of the ESA.

Christa Boer, PhD

Christa Boer is Professor of Anesthesiology, Research in Perioperative Care, in Amsterdam UMC (VU University)  and Director of the VUmc School of Medical Sciences. She is member of the editorial board of the British Journal of Anaesthesia. Her translational research focuses on the interplay between microcirculatory perfusion, endothelial activation and coagulation during cardiopulmonary bypass and hemorrhagic shock and on postoperative care. She is member of the subcommittee Transfusion, Hemostasis and Thrombosis of the ESA, and past chair of the subcommittee Hemostasis and Transfusion of EACTA. Dr. Boer co-chaired the recently published EACTS-EACTA guideline Patient Blood Management in Cardiac Surgery. In addition, she was member of the SCA Blood Conservation workgroup and NATA scientific committee.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Patient Blood Management in Cardiac Surgery
  • Editors Christian von Heymann
    Christa Boer
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-15341-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-15344-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-15342-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 219
  • Number of Illustrations 3 b/w illustrations, 30 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Anesthesiology
    Cardiac Surgery
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Surgery & Anesthesiology


“This well written and practical book is relevant for surgeons, perfusionists, anesthesiologists, hematologists, and intensivists who represent the multidisciplinary team responsible for the management of cardiac surgery patients. … This a great book for practitioners. It offers in‐depth discussions of complicated disciplines such as pharmacology and hematology in a concise manner using a practical format.” (Michael Bates, Doody's Book Reviews, September 06, 2019)