Condensation of the General Discussion
The last afternoon of the meeting was devoted to a freelance discussion on practical applications of the basic knowledge available. Very soon, it became obvious that a considerable gap still exists between the needs of the practicing surgeons trying to avoid complications and experimental workers trying to understand the very nature of the problems involved. As Dr. HEMKER stated, the theoretician cannot help the surgeons without a clear formulation of his problems (“what you want to do depends on what you want to know”). The surgeons, on the other hand, are primarily concerned with the bleeding complications, for which only massive confusion is available as a treatment. Therefore, prognostic tests indicating an iminent bleading tendency are urgently needed.
KeywordsDisseminate Intravascular Coagulation Open Heart Surgery Fibrinogen Content Prognostic Test Practice Surgeon
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