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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526117/the-efficiency-of-combined-coagulant-and-ballast-to-remove-harmful-cyanobacterial-blooms-in-a-tropical-shallow-system
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Marcela Miranda, Natália Noyma, Felipe S Pacheco, Leonardo de Magalhães, Ernani Pinto, Suzan Santos, Maria Fernanda A Soares, Vera L Huszar, Miquel Lürling, Marcelo M Marinho
We tested the hypothesis that a combination of coagulant and ballast could be efficient for removal of positively buoyant harmful cyanobacteria in shallow tropical waterbodies, and will not promote the release of cyanotoxins. This laboratory study examined the efficacy of coagulants [polyaluminium chloride (PAC) and chitosan (made of shrimp shells)] alone, and combined with ballast (lanthanum modified bentonite, red soil or gravel) to remove the natural populations of cyanobacteria collected from a shallow eutrophic urban reservoir with alternating blooms of Cylindrospermopsis and Microcystis...
May 2017: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525532/the-effects-of-indirect-and-direct-acting-anticoagulants-on-lupus-anticoagulant-assays-a-large-retrospective-study-at-a-coagulation-reference-laboratory
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Jansen N Seheult, Michael P Meyer, Franklin A Bontempo, Irina Chibisov
Objectives: To investigate the effects of indirect- and direct-acting anticoagulants on the interpretation of lupus anticoagulant (LAC) assays. Methods: A retrospective database review was performed to identify all LAC panels from November 2012 to November 2015. The positivity rates for three LAC tests were compared among various anticoagulant medications. Results: This analysis included 7,721 LAC panels. Direct oral anticoagulants, warfarin, and unfractionated heparin (UFH) were associated with higher LAC positivity rates compared with patients not receiving documented anticoagulation (83% for argatroban, 58% for dabigatran, 72% for rivaroxaban, 53% for apixaban, 56% for warfarin, and 36% for UFH vs 29% for no anticoagulation, P < ...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522232/efficacy-of-new-measures-saving-time-in-acute-stroke-management-a-quantified-analysis
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Ana María Iglesias Mohedano, Andrés García Pastor, Fernando Díaz Otero, Pilar Vázquez Alen, Marta Vales Montero, Elisa Luque Buzo, Nuria Redondo Ráfales, Beatriz Chavarria Cano, Yolanda Fernández Bullido, Jose Antonio Villanueva Osorio, Antonio Gil Núñez
BACKGROUND: Time to treatment remains the most important factor in acute ischemic stroke prognosis. We quantified the effect of new interventions reducing in-hospital delays in acute stroke management and assessed its repercussion on door-to-imaging (DTI), imaging-to-needle (ITN), and door-to-needle (DTN) times. METHODS: Prospective registry of consecutive stroke patients who were candidates for reperfusion therapy attended in a tertiary care hospital from February 1 to December 31, 2014...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512627/laboratory-mice-are-frequently-colonized-with-staphylococcus-aureus-and-mount-a-systemic-immune-response-note-of-caution-for-in-vivo-infection-experiments
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Daniel Schulz, Dorothee Grumann, Patricia Trübe, Kathleen Pritchett-Corning, Sarah Johnson, Kevin Reppschläger, Janine Gumz, Nandakumar Sundaramoorthy, Stephan Michalik, Sabine Berg, Jens van den Brandt, Richard Fister, Stefan Monecke, Benedict Uy, Frank Schmidt, Barbara M Bröker, Siouxsie Wiles, Silva Holtfreter
Whether mice are an appropriate model for S. aureus infection and vaccination studies is a matter of debate, because they are not considered as natural hosts of S. aureus. We previously identified a mouse-adapted S. aureus strain, which caused infections in laboratory mice. This raised the question whether laboratory mice are commonly colonized with S. aureus and whether this might impact on infection experiments. Publicly available health reports from commercial vendors revealed that S. aureus colonization is rather frequent, with rates as high as 21% among specific-pathogen-free mice...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505100/preclinical-evaluation-of-the-efficacy-of-antivenoms-for-snakebite-envenoming-state-of-the-art-and-challenges-ahead
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REVIEW
José María Gutiérrez, Gabriela Solano, Davinia Pla, María Herrera, Álvaro Segura, Mariángela Vargas, Mauren Villalta, Andrés Sánchez, Libia Sanz, Bruno Lomonte, Guillermo León, Juan J Calvete
Animal-derived antivenoms constitute the mainstay in the therapy of snakebite envenoming. The efficacy of antivenoms to neutralize toxicity of medically-relevant snake venoms has to be demonstrated through meticulous preclinical testing before their introduction into the clinical setting. The gold standard in the preclinical assessment and quality control of antivenoms is the neutralization of venom-induced lethality. In addition, depending on the pathophysiological profile of snake venoms, the neutralization of other toxic activities has to be evaluated, such as hemorrhagic, myotoxic, edema-forming, dermonecrotic, in vitro coagulant, and defibrinogenating effects...
May 13, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503128/a-confounding-case-of-inherited-factor-v-deficiency-complicated-by-inhibitors-at-first-presentation
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Hema Subramanian, Rakhee Kar, Deepak Charles, Hitha Babu, Pagadalu Ambika, Tarun Kumar Dutta
INTRODUCTION: Inherited factor V deficiency / Owren's disease has varied clinical manifestations ranging from asymptomatic laboratory abnormalities to massive hemorrhage. The acquired form due to inhibitors following antibiotic therapy, infection, or surgery is less common, and spontaneous development of inhibitors is not known. CASE REPORT: An 18-year-old boy presented with bleeding axillary and groin ulcers. At the age of 15, due to recurrent epistaxis and gum bleed, he was diagnosed with acquired factor V deficiency with positive inhibitor screen and treated with fresh frozen plasma (FFP) transfusion and temporary azathioprine...
April 2017: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503126/in-vitro-and-ex-vivo-measurement-of-prophylactic-dabigatran-concentrations-with-a-new-ecarin-based-thromboelastometry-test
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Mareike Kristina Körber, Elisabeth Langer, Martin Köhr, Klaus-Dieter Wernecke, Wolfgang Korte, Christian von Heymann
BACKGROUND: An increasing number of oral anticoagulants has been approved, including dabigatran etexilate (DE). DE is a direct thrombin inhibitor that requires no routine monitoring, but, if necessary (e.g. urgent surgery etc.), the diluted thrombin time measured with Hemoclot® has shown reliable results. So far, no point-of-care (PoC) assay is available to measure DE effects. The EcaTEM assay uses ecarin to initiate the coagulation cascade at the step of thrombin generation and measures the clotting time (CT) by thromboelastometry...
April 2017: Transfusion Medicine and Hemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498944/assessment-of-standard-laboratory-tests-and-rotational-thromboelastometry-for-the-prediction-of-postoperative-bleeding-in-liver-transplantation
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T M Dötsch, D Dirkmann, D Bezinover, M Hartmann, J W Treckmann, A Paul, F H Saner
Background.: Perioperative bleeding remains a major challenge in liver transplantation. We aimed to compare standard laboratory tests with thromboelastometry (ROTEM ® ) with regard to their ability to predict postoperative non-surgical bleeding. Methods.: Data from 243 adult liver transplant recipients from January 2012 to May 2014 were evaluated retrospectively. Upon admission to the intensive care unit, coagulation status was assessed using standard laboratory tests [prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT), fibrinogen concentration, and platelet count] and ROTEM ® whole blood coagulation assays...
May 12, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492980/-haemostatic-management-in-postpartum-haemorrhage-nationwide-survey-in-germany
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L Kaufner, K Ghantus, A Henkelmann, U Friedrichs, K Weizsäcker, A Schiemann, C von Heymann
BACKGROUND: In order to ensure evidence-based haemostatic management of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH, blood loss >500 ml) consistent with guidelines appropriate structural conditions must be fulfilled regardless of different levels (1-3) in perinatal care. The aim of the survey was to identify differences in haemostatic management in PPH under consideration of the different levels of perinatal care in Germany. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An electronic questionnaire assessing the structural and therapeutic preconditions for haemostatic management was sent to 533 anaesthesiology departments serving obstetric units...
May 10, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488785/is-it-acceptable-to-use-coagulation-plasma-samples-stored-at-room-temperature-and-4%C3%A2-c-for-24%C3%A2-hours-for-additional-prothrombin-time-activated-partial-thromboplastin-time-fibrinogen-antithrombin-and-d-dimer-testing
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V Rimac, D Coen Herk
INTRODUCTION: Coagulation laboratories are faced on daily basis with requests for additional testing in already analyzed fresh plasma samples. This prompted us to examine whether plasma samples stored at room temperature (RT), and 4°C for 24 hours can be accepted for additional prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT), fibrinogen (Fbg), antithrombin (AT), and D-dimer testing. METHODS: We measured PT, aPTT, Fbg in 50 and AT in 30 plasma samples with normal and pathological values, within 4 hours of blood collection (baseline results) and after 24-hours storage at RT (primary tubes), and 4°C (aliquots)...
May 10, 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474148/sildenafil-related-cerebral-venous-sinus-thrombosis-and-papilledema-a-case-report-of-a-rare-entity
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Dilek Top Karti, Omer Karti, Dilara Aktert, Figen Gokcay, Nese Celebisoy
We present a rare case of cerebral venous sinus thrombosis associated with long-term and high-dose use of sildenafil. A 29-year-old man was referred to our neuroophthalmology clinic for bilateral visual deterioration and severe headache. He had stage 2 papilledema and other clinical and neurological examinations were normal. He had used the drug for nearly 2 years, two to three times a day. All laboratory parameters including blood count cell, coagulation panels, and genetic tests including methylene-tetrahydrofolate reductase and factor V Leiden mutation were unremarkable...
May 4, 2017: Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472104/prediction-of-bleeding-risk-in-patients-taking-vitamin-k-antagonists-using-thrombin-generation-testing
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Saartje Bloemen, Suzanne Zwaveling, Hugo Ten Cate, Arina Ten Cate-Hoek, Bas de Laat
Until recently, vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) were the mainstay of oral anticoagulant treatment with bleeding as the most prevalent adverse effect. One to four percent of patients experience major bleeding episodes, while clinically relevant bleeding occurs in up to 20%. At this moment no laboratory assays are available to identify patients at risk for bleeding. With this study we aimed to investigate whether thrombin generation tests might identify a bleeding risk in patients taking VKAs. This prospective cohort study included 129 patients taking VKAs for more than three months...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447421/clinical-decision-support-for-hematology-laboratory-test-utilization
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REVIEW
R Jackups, J J Szymanski, S P Persaud
Clinical decision support (CDS) is the use of information and communication technologies to improve clinical decision making and patient care. CDS applications have been used in many aspects of health care, including medication ordering and diagnostic prediction algorithms. As economic and regulatory pressures place a strain on laboratory resources, the potential of CDS to improve utilization of laboratory testing has also begun to be realized. Hematology and coagulation laboratories stand to gain tremendously from the implementation of CDS interventions, given their mixture of high-volume, low-cost tests (eg CBC, PT, aPTT) and tests that carry a high potential of being misused or misinterpreted (eg lupus anticoagulant, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia testing)...
May 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447411/establishing-reference-intervals-in-the-coagulation-laboratory
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REVIEW
D D Castellone
INTRODUCTION: Obtaining a reference interval (RI) is a challenge for any laboratory and becomes more complicated in the coagulation laboratory due to testing on samples with limited stability on reagents that are poorly standardized. Reference intervals are required to be able to evaluate results in relation to a patients' hemostatic disorder. This becomes one of the most important tasks conducted in the coagulation laboratory. However, many laboratories lack the time, finances and in many cases the expertise to conduct this study...
May 2017: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444565/technological-applications-of-organo-montmorillonites-in-the-removal-of-pyrimethanil-from-water-adsorption-desorption-and-flocculation-studies
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Federico M Flores, Tomas Undabeytia, Esmeralda Morillo, Rosa M Torres Sánchez
Pyrimethanil (2-aniline-4, 6-dimethylpyrimidine, PRM) is used in fruit packing plants to control fungal infections and diseases. The effluents greatly polluted with this fungicide, as a point source contamination, need to be technologically treated for their regeneration before they reach water bodies. This work evaluates the use of organo-montmorillonites, synthetized in our laboratory, for their application in adsorption and coagulation/flocculation processes for the removal of PRM from water. The adsorption-desorption performance of PRM in a raw montmorillonite (Mt) and several organo-montmorillonites (organo-Mt) obtained by different amounts and types of exchanged surfactants (octadecyltrimethylammonium (ODTMA) and didodecyldimethylammonium (DDAB) bromides and benzyltrimethylammonium chloride (BTMA)) was studied...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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
#17
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...
June 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
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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
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