The recently published 2019 European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (ECTS)/European Association for Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiology (EACTA)/European Board for Cardiovascular Perfusion guideline on CPB in adult cardiac surgery, is a timely, well-informed collaborative document that includes an exhaustive structured review of the related literature, and where evidence is lacking, expert consensus from all 3 disciplines is provided.

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The usage of PRBCs in CPB with low-priming volume decreased significantly, but the postoperative Hb concentration and platelet count could still be maintained at a high level, improving the use efficiency of PRBCs. CPB with low-priming volume did not affect the postoperative recovery of patients, so it is worthy of continuous promotion and optimization.

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Del Nido cardioplegia may be a viable alternative to the use of St. Thomas cardioplegia in both adult and paediatric patients, providing similar postoperative outcomes while also affording the additional advantage of shorter aortic cross-clamp time and cardiopulmonary bypass time (in adult cardiac surgery) and decreased rates of defibrillation (in both adult and paediatric cardiac surgery).

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The new, digital, chest drainage system showed better early drainage of the chest cavity and was as reliable as conventional systems. Quicker drain removal might impact on intensive care unit (ICU) stay and reduce costs. Additional advantages are portable size, battery operation, patient mobility, noiseless function, digital indications and alarms.

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