With thanks for notification from Elaine Benoit, your North American Specialized Coagulation Laboratory Association (NASCOLA) November Newsletter is attached, Among many noteworthy articles, the NASCOLA newsletter features a description of Fritsma Factor. Thanks to NASCOLA for featuring us and to Precision BioLogic Inc for hosting The Fritsma Factor since 2007!
November NASCOLA Newsletter
From Meg Hardin, George, The surgical services in our hospital are requesting that we look into purchasing the Thromboelastograph (TEG) or Rotational Thromboelastometry System (ROTEM) in order to decrease blood utilization. TEG representatives tell surgical services that they can receive results with in 2 minutes of the blood being placed on the analyzer. I know nothing (except what I read) about these analyzers and was wondering if any of your readers who use TEG or ROTEM could give me some information? I thank everyone in advance for their time with this question.
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Please select October Cheat Sheet for a review of our October, 2013 posts. The cheat sheet will also arrive in your email box within a few days, please watch for your copy. Geo.
With a thanks for the heads-up to Elaine Benoit, Precision BioLogic Inc, here is a fascinating retrospective on Hemophilia testing, Barrowcliffe TW, Laboratory testing and standardisation. Haemophilia 2013;19:799–804, in the November, 2013 edition of the Journal, Haemophilia, publication of the World Federation of Haemophilia. Click here for the article:
Barrowcliffe: Laboratory Testing and Standardisation
From Julia Nailling: What delta checks do laboratories commonly use for autoverification of prothrombin time with international normalized ratio (PT/INR), partial thromboplastin time (PTT), fibrinogen, and D-dimer?
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Maria Grana writes, Hello George, what would constitute a “significant change” when performing the yearly reference range study for coagulation? Thanks.
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Thanks to Elaine Benoit at Precision BioLogic, our Conference Recommendation calendar is updated and ready for browsing. If you know of any event that is not on the calendar, please send George the name, sponsor, dates, and location for posting. Thank you.
On October 16, 2013 George spoke on the subject, “Clumsy Coagulation Communication, Let’s Blame the Lab” in Seattle, Washington. One issue we discussed was confusing coagulation test names, and we talked about the kinds of erroneous orders that are generated. Here is a follow-up to the presentation, a brief list of confusing names with an explanation for each. This list may be incomplete, please comment with some test ordering and naming problems you have seen. Geo.
Confusing Coagulation Test Names