Coagulation Testing and Transfusion Medicine
Transfusion Services are presented with many challenging coagulation problems. Most cases gain attention when out of the ordinary requests for blood products are received. The Transfusion Medicine Physician is often brought into a clinical scenario that has already become an emergency and quick response is imperative [1–8]. Decisions often have to be made empirically, or with the help of a very limited coagulation test menu. This chapter will focus on maximizing information from a short coagulation test menu, reviewing the tools available to correct coagulopathies, and applying these tests to emergency situations.
KeywordsInternational Normalize Ratio Disseminate Intravascular Coagulation Partial Thromboplastin Time Fresh Freeze Plasma Fibrinogen Level
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