Perioperative anaemia increases postoperative morbidity and mortality, and iron deficiency is anaemia’s most common cause in surgical patients. Preoperative intravenous iron increases postoperative haemoglobin; however, data regarding intraoperative intravenous iron’s effectiveness are inadequate. This study examined intraoperative intravenous iron’s effects on postoperative haemoglobin levels in adults. Fifty-seven healthy subjects (aged 19–40 years) scheduled for bimaxillary orthognathic surgery were assigned randomly to the iron (n = 28) or control (n = 29) groups. The iron group received intravenous ferric derisomaltose (1,000 mg) after anaesthetic induction. The control group received an identical volume of intravenous normal saline. The primary outcome was postoperative haemoglobin level. Secondary outcomes included other postoperative haematologic and iron parameters. Laboratory data were obtained preoperatively and at 1 day, 2 weeks, and 4 weeks postoperatively. Haemoglobin was higher in the iron group 2 weeks postoperatively (12.9 g/dL vs. 12.2 g/dL), but the between-group difference was not significant after adjustment for multiple testing. However, the reticulocyte production index was significantly higher in the iron group 2 weeks postoperatively. Intraoperative intravenous iron maintains postoperative haemoglobin values in patients undergoing bimaxillary orthognathic surgery by increasing haematopoietic function and iron bioavailability and therefore appears to be a useful strategy for blood management.
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This study was funded by a National Research Foundation of Korea grant from the Korean government (MSIP) (NRF-2017R1A2B4009478).
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