Thanks to colleague Ali Sadeghi-Khomami PhD for his heads-up announcing the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis‘ World Thrombosis Day launch. World Thrombosis Day will be held annually on October 13, the birthday of Rudolph Virchow, 1821, who coined the terms embolism and thrombosis. See the ISTH World Thrombosis Day page for details.
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!
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:
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.
Dorothy (Adcock) Funk, MD, Medical Director at Colorado Coagulation, which is affiliated with LabCorp, Inc, sent along the sad news that Marshall Thompson, Special Coagulation Manager at the Burlington, NC laboratory, passed away on Tuesday, September 17. Here is a link to Mr. Thompson’s Burlington Times-News death notice. Thanks to Dr. Adcock for providing the information, and our condolences to Mr. Thompson’s family and all his friends and colleagues at LabCorp.
I am deeply saddened to share that University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston faculty member, Dr. Silvia Pierangeli. Dr. Pierangeli was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, son-in-law and mother.
An internationally recognized researcher in the field of antiphospholipid syndrome, Dr. Pierangeli joined UTMB in 2006 as Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Rheumatology. She held joint appointments in the Departments of Microbiology & Immunology and Pathology. Dr. Pierangeli was certified by the College of American Pathologists to direct the antiphospholipid standardization laboratory, a reference center for testing on antiphospholipid antibodies not only at UTMB, but nationally and internationally as well. In addition, she was Chair of the Antiphospholipid Syndrome Alliance for Clinical Trials and International Networking (APS ACTION) International Clinical Database and Repository located at UTMB.