Platelet Administration During Cardiopulmonary Bypass in Neonates: A Universal Therapy Applied in a Novel Way

World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2020 Jan;11(1):77-78

Improved intraoperative and postoperative hemostasis was observed in neonates given platelets during the rewarming phase of cardiopulmonary bypass.

Advances in pharmaceuticals (eg, factor concentrates), laboratory testing (eg, rotational thromboelastometry), and processes (eg, transfusion protocols) have contributed to improved outcomes regarding transfusion in neonates undergoing surgical repair for congenital heart disease. A novel strategy, platelets administered during the rewarming phase of cardiopulmonary bypass, as a solution to improved hemostasis, was prospectively evaluated in 42 neonates. Improved intraoperative and postoperative hemostasis was observed in neonates given platelets during the rewarming phase of cardiopulmonary bypass.