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A hematologist, a surgeon and an anesthetist meet at a meeting and start talking ……

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  1. 1. Transfusion and Apheresis Science 45 (2011) 261 Contents lists available at SciVerse ScienceDirect Transfusion and Apheresis Science journal homepage: locate/ transci Editorial ‘‘A hematologist, a surgeon and an anesthetist meet at a meeting and start talking. . .’’ That is not the beginning of a joke, but the beginning of ANEMO.1 ANEMO is born from an idea of two physicians, a hema-tologist (GI) and an anesthetist (MP) who care for blood saving: they started to inform, sensitize and involve physi-cians and surgeons about these issues through meetings and publications. Their enthusiasm and determination attracted other physicians interested on the topic, and the initial group is progressively grown. Recently, the Italian Society for haemapheresis and cell manipulation (SIdEM) has identi-fied ANEMO group as a suitable partner to pursue a com-mon mission: to improve culture and knowledge of blood saving strategies. ANEMO, in collaboration with SIdEM and the Italian Society for Anesthesia, Analgesia, Resuscitation and Inten-sive Therapy (SIAARTI), has started many initiatives aimed at the diffusion of blood saving strategies in surgical patients. Recently, a national survey has been launched on the evaluation of blood needs and pre-surgical prepara-tion of patients. This ‘‘Theme Section’’ collects the papers presented at the last annual meeting of the group held in Milan on April 5, 2011. Alberto Zanella Hematology Dept., Fondazione Ca’ Granda, Ospedale Mggiore Policlinico – IRCCS, Via Francesco Sforza 35, Milan, Italy E-mail address: 1 The name ANEMO takes its origin by union of beginning words of ANEstesia and EMatOlogia (in Italian language) medical specialities at whom belong the greater part of its members. This name was chosen because in ancient Greek language it means ‘‘bloodless’’. 1473-0502/$ - see front matter 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd. doi:10.1016/j.transci.2011.10.004