20 Mar 2023 by connyschneider

New European guidelines on management of peri-operative bleeding, co-authored by Christoph Schlimp

The effective management of peri-operative bleeding is a complex process that demands a range of sophisticated tools and strategies to ensure the highest level of care for patients. As part of its ongoing efforts to reduce morbidity and mortality rates, the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC) has revised its guidelines on perioperative bleeding management to incorporate the latest relevant evidence since 2016.

Drawing on his extensive experience in bleeding management and coagulation research at LBI Trauma and the AUVA Trauma centers, Christoph Schlimp was honored to be among the panel of experts. In the last two years, the group of renowned experts revised the guidelines by screening approximately 138.000 articles and summarized the evidence to meet the current state of the art. They also answered crucial questions such as how to manage patients with pre-operative anemia or patients on anti-thrombotic drugs. The guidelines give recommendations on how intra-operative bleeding can be stopped in different settings such as during cardiovascular surgery, orthopedic surgery, or in the case of neurosurgical bleeding.

The guidelines have now been published in the European Journal of Anaesthesiology and offer a comprehensive overview of evidence-based recommendations for all healthcare professionals involved in the management of patients at risk for surgical bleeding.

With their publication, the ESAIC has taken an important step towards improving patient outcomes and advancing the field of perioperative medicine.

Management of severe peri-operative bleeding: Guidelines from the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care: Second update 2022

a. The Guidelines were published in the European Journal of Anaesthesiology