Frank M Laduca

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Activated Clotting Time (ACT) has been the standard for monitoring heparin anticoagulation in cardiac surgery for three decades. Although a 10% coefficient of variation (CV) is the referenced standard for the test, no recent reports of precision are available. The precision of Hemochron FTCA510 (celite) and KACT (kaolin) ACT test tubes was evaluated using a(More)
Background: Enoxaparin is increasingly used for the anticoagulation of patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Several reports have suggested the utility of using point of care tests in monitoring the anticoagulation levels of enoxaparin in patients undergoing PCI. The objective of this study was to evaluate a new point-of-care test(More)
The use of dosing assays to calculate heparin and protamine dose requirements during cardiac surgery has been shown to significantly improve overall postoperative patient outcome. When patients are managed with an individualized dosing system, intraoperative and postoperative transfusion requirements and bleeding are reduced. The Hemochron RxDx system is(More)
The Hemochron Response is a third generation point-of-care (POC) whole blood coagulation analyzer that retains the clinical utility of the Hemochron standard (801/8000) while providing a data management program that assists the POC coordinator with Quality Assurance (QA) compliance. Clinical and laboratory studies were performed to ensure consistency of the(More)
Cardiac surgical case histories, collected over 4 years at Huntsville Hospital in Alabama, were reviewed for 2,293 patients. Patients were separated into two dosing groups for both heparin and protamine, hospital empirically dosed and Hemochron RxDx dosed. Review of the heparin dosing information found that incomplete data were collected for 47 patients,(More)
The use of in vitro dosing assays for heparin and protamine during cardiac surgery has significantly improved overall postoperative patient outcome. The HEMOCHRON RxDx system (International Technidyne Corp, Edison, NJ) is widely used for anticoagulation management. Based on a series of consecutive in vitro tests, the RxDx system is used to quantify the(More)
Patient self-management (PSM), as the standard of care for vitamin K-antagonist therapy management in Germany requires a detailed, point-of-care (POC) device-specific training program to ensure quality patient care. In a multi-center trial using the ProTime System (Training program plus POC device), 105 patients were enrolled to evaluate efficacy of(More)
A 56 year old white man with psoriasis without serologic evidence of systemic lupus erythematosus was found to have a circulating anticoagulant against Factor XI with a low activity of Factor IX which could not be fully explained. The activity of the circulating anticoagulant was not potentiated on incubation after addition of normal plasma and it was still(More)
Factor VIII replacement therapy for patients with hemophilia A is conventionally monitored using a plasma-based factor VIII:C assay (a modified activated partial thromboplastin time [APTT] test). The plasma factor VIII assay requires the preparation of plasma from citrated whole blood and measurement of the clotting times of mixtures of patient plasma,(More)
Accurate anticoagulation monitoring, critical during cardiac surgery (CS), is especially important for novel therapeutics such as hirudins, for which there are no known antidotes. The activated clotting time (ACT), which is standard for heparin monitoring, has been reported to be insufficiently sensitive to high levels of hirudins. A simple, accurate, and(More)