Predicting hemorrhage using preoperative coagulation screening assays.

@article{Dzik2004PredictingHU,
  title={Predicting hemorrhage using preoperative coagulation screening assays.},
  author={Walter Sunny Dzik},
  journal={Current hematology reports},
  year={2004},
  volume={3 5},
  pages={324-30}
}
Each year in the United States, millions of units of fresh frozen plasma and platelets are transfused. A substantial proportion of these units are given to nonbleeding patients to "decrease the risk" of bleeding at the time of invasive procedures. The decision to transfuse is frequently triggered by an elevated prothrombin time (PT; international normalized ratio ) or activated partial thromboplastin time test result or by a depressed platelet count. This review summarizes published studies on… CONTINUE READING
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