Journal article

Elective administration in infants of low-dose recombinant activated factor VII (rFVIIa) in cardiopulmonary bypass surgery for congenital heart disease does not shorten time to chest closure or reduce blood loss and need for transfusions: a randomized, double-blind, parallel group, placebo-controlled study of rFVIIa and standard haemostatic replacement therapy versus standard haemostatic replacement therapy

Henry Ekert, Christian Brizard, Robert Eyers, Andrew Cochrane, Robert Henning

Blood Coagulation and Fibrinolysis | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2006

Abstract

We investigated the effectiveness of prophylactic administration of recombinant activated factor VII (rFVIIa) for cardiopulmonary bypass surgery in children under 1 year old with congenital heart disease (CHD) in a double-blinded, placebo-controlled study. The rFVIIa dose was 40 microg/kg and all patients also received standard haemostatic replacement therapy. The primary endpoint was the time to chest closure from neutralization of heparin with protamine sulphate as this could be most objectively and accurately measured during surgery. Secondary endpoints were volumes of transfused blood, platelet concentrates and fresh-frozen plasma. All adverse events were recorded. In the intention-to-tr..

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