|1||Formulation of a clear question||Which procedures support the implementation of blood management in fast-track total joint arthroplasty?|
|2||Exhaustive and reproducible research of all relevant information (published and unpublished studies) concerning the question||Partly reproducible, non-exhaustive.|
|3||Systematic selection of eligible studies on the basis of pre-defined inclusion criteria||
All papers had to be related to fast-track pathways or accelerated procedures, and had to be written in English at least in the abstract.|
Detailed information is reported in the PRISMA diagram before the end of introduction.
|4||Analysis of the methodological quality of included studies||No.|
|5||Quantitative or qualitative synthesis of the information according to the nature, complexity of the question and availability of data||
To facilitate reading, qualitative and quantitative information is synthesized and summarized in tables.|
Information about fast-track procedures is matched with every single step of the general orthopedic blood management strategy.
|6||Discussion of the reasons for agreement and inconsistency between the results of the different studies||Yes.|