Coagulation testing in the perioperative period

Venkatesan Thiruvenkatarajan, Ashlee Pruett, Sanjib Das Adhikary

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Abstract

Perioperative coagulation management is a complex task that has a significant impact on the perioperative journey of patients. Anaesthesia providers play a critical role in the decision-making on transfusion and/or haemostatic therapy in the surgical setting. Various tests are available in identifying coagulation abnormalities in the perioperative period. While the rapidly available bedside haemoglobin measurements can guide the transfusion of red blood cells, blood product administration is guided by many in vivo and in vitro tests. The introduction of newer anticoagulant medications and the implementation of the modified in vivo coagulation cascade have given a new dimension to the field of perioperative transfusion medicine. A proper understanding of the application and interpretation of the coagulation tests is vital for a good perioperative outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)565-572
Number of pages8
JournalIndian Journal of Anaesthesia
Volume58
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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