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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432841/comparison-of-pneumatic-tube-system-with-manual-transport-for-routine-chemistry-hematology-coagulation-and-blood-gas-tests
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Alex Pupek, Beverly Matthewson, Erin Whitman, Rachel Fullarton, Yu Chen
BACKGROUND: The pneumatic tube system (PTS) is commonly used in modern clinical laboratories to provide quick specimen delivery. However, its impact on sample integrity and laboratory testing results are still debatable. In addition, each PTS installation and configuration is unique to its institution. We sought to validate our Swisslog PTS by comparing routine chemistry, hematology, coagulation and blood gas test results and sample integrity indices between duplicate samples transported either manually or by PTS...
April 22, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429198/managing-the-perioperative-patient-on-direct-oral-anticoagulants
#2
Jordan Leitch, Janet van Vlymen
PURPOSE: Patients are increasingly treated with direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) for the prevention of stroke due to non-valvular atrial fibrillation and for the treatment of venous thromboembolism. When these patients present for urgent or emergent surgical procedures, they present a challenge to the anesthesiologist who must manage perioperative risk due to anticoagulation. The purpose of this module is to review the literature surrounding the perioperative management of DOACs. Timing, laboratory monitoring, and availability of reversal agents are important considerations to optimize patients being treated with DOACs who require emergent surgery...
April 20, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423431/-treatment-and-secondary-prevention-of-venous-thromboembolism-change-in-oral-anticoagulation
#3
Thomas-Maria Helms, Dietrich Gulba, Ingo Ahrens, Andreas Schäfer, Johannes Hankowitz, Peter Kuhlencordt, Hans-Peter Lipp, Sigrid Nikol, Hanno Riess, Tom Stargardt, Peter Bramlage
With the recent approval of the fourth direct non vitamin K dependent oral anticoagulant (NOAC) edoxaban the range of available NOACs for the treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE) has expanded. Shortly thereafter, two updated guidelines for the prevention and treatment of VTE have been published. In these NOACs are listed as equal anticoagulants to low-molecular weight heparin (LMWH), or fondaparinux (FDX), and VKA for the initial or maintenance treatment of VTE. All NOACs are approved for the maintenance therapy after VTE and two NOACs (rivaroxaban and apixaban) for the initial treatment in addition in an increased dose...
April 19, 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420603/the-coags-uncomplicated-app-fulfilling-educational-gaps-around-diagnosis-and-laboratory-testing-of-coagulation-disorders
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Craig Kessler, Ellinor I Peerschke, Meera B Chitlur, Roshni Kulkarni, Natalia Holot, David L Cooper
BACKGROUND: Patients with coagulation disorders may present to a variety of physician specialties; however, accurate and efficient diagnosis can be challenging for physicians not specialized in hematology, due to identified gaps in knowledge around appropriate laboratory assays and interpretation of test results. Coags Uncomplicated was developed to fill this unmet educational need by increasing practical knowledge of coagulation disorders among nonexpert physicians and other health care professionals (HCPs) in a point-of-care (POC) setting...
April 18, 2017: JMIR Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393783/coagulopathies-in-cyanotic-cardiac-patients-an-analysis-with-three-point-of-care-testing-devices-thromboelastography-rotational-thromboelastometry-and-sonoclot-analyzer
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Vandana Bhardwaj, Poonam Malhotra, Suruchi Hasija, Ujjwal Kumar Chowdury, Neha Pangasa
INTRODUCTION: In the last few years, viscoelastic point-of-care (POC) coagulation devices such as thromboelastography (TEG), rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM), and Sonoclot (SON) analyzer have been increasingly used in major surgeries for timely assessment and management of coagulopathies. The aim of the present study was to evaluate coagulation profile of cyanotic cardiac patients with TEG, ROTEM, and SON analyzer. In addition, we assessed the correlation of standard laboratory coagulation tests and postoperative chest drain output (CDO) with the parameters of POC testing devices...
April 2017: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392741/policies-and-practices-in-haemostasis-testing-among-laboratories-in-croatia-a-survey-on-behalf-of-a-working-group-for-laboratory-coagulation-of-the-croatian-society-of-medical-biochemistry-and-laboratory-medicine
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Ana Bronić, Desiree Coen Herak, Sandra Margetić, Marija Milić
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this survey was to assess current policies and practice in haemostasis testing among both hospital and outpatient laboratories in Republic of Croatia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A questionnaire with seventy questions divided into nine sections was created in May 2015. Participants were asked about their practice related to test request form, sample collection, prothrombin time (PT) and activated partial thromboplastin time assays, other individual haemostasis assays, point-of-care testing (POCT), reporting of coagulation tests results and quality assurance of procedures, the personnel and other laboratory resources, as well as on issues related to education and implementation of additional coagulation assays in their laboratory...
February 15, 2017: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388863/perioperative-coagulation-management-of-a-hemophilia-a-patient-during-cardiac-surgery
#7
Patrick Odonkor, Archana Srinivas, Erik Strauss, Brittney Williams, Michael Mazzeffi, Kenichi A Tanaka
Perioperative management of cardiovascular surgical procedures requiring cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) in patients with hemophilia A poses a clinical challenge in coagulation management. Use of CPB requires the administration of an anticoagulant, usually unfractionated heparin, and also causes dilutional coagulopathy, platelet dysfunction or platelet consumption coagulopathy. Hypothermia and activation of the inflammatory cascade also affect coagulation. The effects of CPB on circulating levels of factor VIII have not been clearly defined...
April 1, 2017: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383532/the-immature-platelet-fraction-creating-neonatal-reference-intervals-and-using-these-to-categorize-neonatal-thrombocytopenias
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B C MacQueen, R D Christensen, E Henry, A M Romrell, T J Pysher, S T Bennett, M C Sola-Visner
OBJECTIVE: The immature platelet fraction (IPF) is a laboratory measurement analogous to the reticulocyte count, but reflecting the thrombopoietic state. Similar to a reticulocyte count, it can be expressed as a percent (IPF%=percent of platelets that are immature) or as an absolute number per μl blood; the immature platelet count (IPC=IPF% × platelets per μl of blood). STUDY DESIGN: Using a retrospective analysis of de-identified data from non-thrombocytopenic neonates, we created reference intervals for IPF% and IPC...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365134/utility-of-sonoclot-in-prediction-of-postoperative-bleeding-in-pediatric-patients-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-for-congenital-cyanotic-heart-disease-a-prospective-observational-study
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Vishwakarma Rajkumar, Bhupesh Kumar, Vikas Dutta, Anand K Mishra, Goverdhan Dutt Puri
OBJECTIVES: To assess the utility of Sonoclot in prediction of postoperative bleeding in pediatric patients undergoing cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass for congenital cyanotic heart disease. DESIGN: Prospective, observational study. SETTING: Single university hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Eighty-seven pediatric patients undergoing cardiac surgery for congenital cyanotic heart disease. INTERVENTIONS: Laboratory coagulation parameters (prothrombin time, international normalization ratio, activated partial thromboplastin time, fibrinogen, D-dimer) as well as point-of-care Sonoclot glass bead activation time, clot rate, and platelet function (gbPF) were done before induction of anesthesia and following heparin reversal after termination of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) in all patients...
February 4, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359136/point-of-care-testing-in-burn-patients
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Marion Wiegele, Sibylle Kozek-Langenecker, Eva Schaden
Severe burn injury has an impact on the coagulation system, but a unique definition regarding these changes is still missing. The results of conventional coagulation assays (CCAs) measured in daily clinical practice are often interpreted as coagulopathic, which implies a bleeding tendency. However, viscoelastic coagulation assays (VCA) like Rotational Thromboelastometry (ROTEM) and Thromboelastography (TEG) depict a hypercoagulable state. Therefore, hemostatic interventions should not be indicated according to deranged CCA results, but only in case of clinically relevant bleeding plus indicative VCA results...
March 30, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359133/point-of-care-coagulation-testing-in-cardiac-surgery
#11
Daniel Bolliger, Kenichi A Tanaka
Bleeding complications after cardiac surgery are common and are associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Their etiology is multifactorial, and treatment decisions are time sensitive. Point-of-care (POC) testing has an advantage over standard laboratory tests for faster turn-around times, and timely decision on coagulation intervention(s). The most common POC coagulation testing is the activated clotting time (ACT), used to monitor heparin therapy while on cardiopulmonary bypass. Viscoelastic coagulation tests including thromboelastometry (ROTEM) and thromboelastography (TEG) have been recommended for the treatment of postoperative bleeding after cardiac surgery because the ROTEM/TEG-guided treatment algorithms reduced the use of blood products...
March 30, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358763/whole-blood-in-pediatric-craniofacial-reconstruction-surgery
#12
Princy Thottathil, Deborah Sesok-Pizzini, Jesse A Taylor, John E Fiadjoe, Ariel Vincent, Paul A Stricker
BACKGROUND: Pediatric complex cranial vault reconstruction (CCVR) surgery is often associated with significant blood loss and transfusion. The authors recently changed our transfusion practice during CCVR to using whole blood (WB) instead of reconstituted blood (RB). The aim of this study was to assess the impact of this practice change. Our hypothesis was that replacement with WB would be as effective as RB for the outcomes of total perioperative blood donor exposures (BDEs) and the incidence of laboratory evidence of postoperative coagulopathy...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336026/viscoelastic-studies-effective-tools-for-trauma-and-surgical-resuscitation-efforts
#13
Dagoberto Salinas
Trauma-induced coagulopathy (TIC) is an abrupt disruption of all hemostatic components of coagulation resulting from severe tissue injury and hypoperfusion. The effective management of TIC has remained elusive to clinicians using traditional laboratory methods, challenging efforts to improve outcomes related to uncontrolled bleeding. Recent initiatives have aimed to reduce TIC-associated morbidity and mortality, further invoking trauma experts to explore innovative modalities in the field of viscoelastic studies, such as thromboelastography (TEG) and rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM)...
April 2017: AORN Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304137/influence-of-apixaban-on-commonly-used-coagulation-assays-results-from-the-belgian-national-external-quality-assessment-scheme
#14
M Van Blerk, E Bailleul, B Chatelain, A Demulder, K Devreese, J Douxfils, M Jacquemin, K Jochmans, F Mullier, W Wijns, B China, K Vernelen, M R Soumali
INTRODUCTION: The Belgian national External Quality Assessment Scheme performed a survey to assess the effect of the direct oral anticoagulant apixaban on the coagulation assays prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT), fibrinogen and antithrombin as performed with a large number of reagent/instrument combinations. METHODS: Four lyophilized plasma samples spiked with apixaban (0, 41, 94 and 225 ng/mL) were sent to the 195 Belgian and Luxembourg clinical laboratories performing coagulation testing...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302338/-laboratory-diagnosis-of-antiphospholipid-syndrome-from-criteria-to-practice
#15
V Joste, M-A Dragon-Durey, L Darnige
The antiphospholipid syndrome is a bioclinical entity defined by thrombosis and/or obstetrical complications in the presence, at least 12 weeks apart, of antiphospholipid antibodies detected by coagulation test (lupus anticoagulant) or immunological assays (anticardiolipin, anti-β2-glycoprotein I antibodies). Biological markers' improvement such as anti-phosphatidylserine/prothrombin and biological score should allow better patients' management and preventive therapeutic for thrombosis and obstetrical complications...
March 14, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299827/factors-linked-to-disease-severity-and-time-to-remission-in-patients-with-chronic-spontaneous-urticaria
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REVIEW
Mario Sánchez-Borges, Fernan Caballero-Fonseca, Arnaldo Capriles-Hulett, Luis González-Aveledo, Marcus Maurer
BACKGROUND: Biomarkers useful for the evaluation and management of patients with chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) are not currently available. OBJECTIVE: A review of various clinical and laboratory markers that have been studied to assess their value for determining the severity or predicting the evolution of disease in adult patients with CSU. METHODS: A search of the medical literature on Pubmed and MEDLINE including the terms urticaria, chronic urticaria, chronic idiopathic urticaria, chronic spontaneous urticaria, severity, prognosis, and treatment...
March 16, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299211/epistaxis-as-a-common-presenting-symptom-of-glanzmann-s-thrombasthenia-a-rare-qualitative-platelet-disorder-illustrative-case-examples
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Michael Recht, Meera Chitlur, Derek Lam, Syana Sarnaik, Madhvi Rajpurkar, David L Cooper, Sriya Gunawardena
Children often present to emergency departments (EDs) with uncontrollable nose bleeding. Although usually due to benign etiologies, epistaxis may be the presenting symptom of an inherited bleeding disorder. Whereas most bleeding disorders are detected through standard hematologic assessments, diagnosing rare platelet function disorders may be challenging. Here we present two case reports and review diagnostic and management challenges of platelet function disorders with a focus on Glanzmann's thrombasthenia (GT)...
2017: Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297776/-value-of-thromboelastography-in-evaluating-coagulation-function-and-prognosis-in-patients-with-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure
#18
Y L Zeng, F Gao, J F Wei, H R Hou, X Jin, G G Ding, H Yin, J Shang, Y Kang
Objective: To investigate the coagulation function in patients with acute-on-chronic liver failure (ACLF) patients using thromboelastography (TEG), and to comprehensively and dynamically evaluate patients' bleeding and coagulation status. Methods: The clinical data of ACLF patients were collected, and TEG was used to evaluate whole blood clotting kinetics in these patients. Routine biochemical parameters were measured, and complications were evaluated. The t-test was used for comparison of continuous data, the chi-square test was used for comparison of categorical data, and the Pearson correlation coefficient was used for correlation analysis...
January 20, 2017: Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing za Zhi, Zhonghua Ganzangbing Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297730/point-of-care-coagulation-monitoring-in-trauma-patients
#19
Philipp Stein, Alexander Kaserer, Gabriela H Spahn, Donat R Spahn
Trauma remains one of the major causes of death and disability all over the world. Uncontrolled blood loss and trauma-induced coagulopathy represent preventable causes of trauma-related morbidity and mortality. Treatment may consist of allogeneic blood product transfusion at a fixed ratio or in an individualized goal-directed way based on point-of-care (POC) and routine laboratory measurements. Viscoelastic POC measurement of the developing clot in whole blood and POC platelet function testing allow rapid and tailored coagulation and transfusion treatment based on goal-directed, factor concentrate-based algorithms...
March 15, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292729/pre-analytical-effects-of-pneumatic-tube-system-transport-on-routine-haematology-and-coagulation-tests-global-coagulation-assays-and-platelet-function-assays
#20
Sandra Le Quellec, Mickaël Paris, Christophe Nougier, Frédéric Sobas, Lucia Rugeri, Sandrine Girard, Jean-Claude Bordet, Claude Négrier, Yesim Dargaud
INTRODUCTION: Pneumatic tube system (PTS) in hospitals is commonly used for the transport of blood samples to clinical laboratories, as it is rapid and cost-effective. The aim was to compare the effects on haematology samples of a newly acquired ~2km-long PTS that links 2 hospitals with usual transport (non-pneumatic tube system, NPTS). METHODS: Complete blood cell count, routine coagulation assays, platelet function tests (PFT) with light-transmission aggregometry and global coagulation assays including ROTEM® and thrombin generation assay (TGA) were performed on blood samples from 30 healthy volunteers and 9 healthy volunteers who agreed to take aspirin prior to blood sampling...
December 28, 2016: Thrombosis Research
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