European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care (ESAIC) Recommends Noninvasive, Continuous Hemoglobin Monitoring
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Noting that in this area of care it is “essential to remain informed by the latest evidence,” the ESAIC, which has pledged to revisit its perioperative blood management guidelines at least every five years, has just published its updated findings, the result of a systematic review of research published from 2015 to 2021. Noting that managing bleeding during surgery is complex and “involves multiple assessment tools and strategies to ensure optimal patient care,” the guidelines cover numerous modalities, disciplines, scenarios, and patient populations – including how noninvasive, continuous hemoglobin monitoring offers a valuable way to improve blood management.
In the updated guidelines, the ESAIC notes a major drawback to measuring hemoglobin during surgery using blood gas analyzers and invasive blood sampling: “single measurements taken at different time points may not depict accurate values.” In addition, they note, excess blood sampling can lead to iatrogenic blood loss and hospital-acquired anemia. While noninvasive hemoglobin monitoring is not intended to replace invasive blood sampling, it may offer a “practical approach to monitor[ing] the Hb concentration continuously and without accumulating additional blood losses.” The guidelines also note its value “for trend analysis and to monitor changes in addition to laboratory-measured Hb concentrations during the intervals between invasive blood sampling and Hb measurements.” The guidelines continue, “Having access to continuous measurements of Hb concentrations offers timely detection of changes in Hb concentrations and adjustment, if necessary, in the clinical setting.”
In their summary of the guidance derived from their systematic literature review, the guidelines also note that when severe bleeding and volume shifts are expected or occurring, “continuous noninvasive haemoglobin monitoring may be considered for trend analyses and for reducing blood sampling for invasive laboratory measurement of haemoglobin concentration, especially in children.”
Launched in 2008, Masimo SpHb is part of the rainbow® Pulse CO-Oximetry platform, available on a variety of Masimo Pulse CO-Oximeters® and on devices from numerous third-party manufacturers, including Draeger,
Professor Kai Zacharowski, past President of ESAIC and senior author of the guidelines, commented, “Noninvasive hemoglobin measurements now represent standard of care in many clinical scenarios. With their inclusion in the latest perioperative bleeding guidelines, we hope that more anesthesiologists around the world incorporate this technology into their daily practice to help improve overall patient blood management.”
SpHb is not intended to replace laboratory blood testing. Clinical decisions regarding red blood cell transfusions should be based on the clinician’s judgment considering, among other factors, patient condition, continuous SpHb monitoring, and laboratory diagnostic tests using blood samples.
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