Each day pathologists are faced with ordering laboratory tests with which they are unfamiliar. An incorrectly ordered test or error in interpreting test results can lead to mistakes that compromise patient safety.
Coagulation Disorders is designed to show clinical pathologists, lab managers, medical technologists, and residents how to avoid common errors in test selection and result interpretation in diagnostic coagulation. Utilizing a case-based approach, each chapter features a concise overview of a major diagnosis, with multiple illustrative cases, and then a list of recommended standards of care pertinent to the problem.
Just as it is essential for the practitioner in the diagnosis of bleeding and thrombotic disorders to know the appropriate course of action to establish a diagnosis or to appropriately treat a patient, it is equally essential to also know what not to do. Avoiding the mistakes is a critical first step to optimizing patient outcome and maximizing patient safety.
Features of Coagulation Disorders include:
- An emphasis on identifying established, evidence-based standards in coagulation testing
- Actual case illustrations of commonly seen errors as well as the result of those errors on patient outcome and laboratory management
- Examples of errors which compromise patient safety across all major areas of laboratory medicine
- Pocket-sized for portability
1. Monitoring of Anticoagulant Therapy in Patients Being Treated with Warfarin; 2. Monitoring of Anticoagulant Therapy in Patients Being Treated with Unfractionated Heparin; 3. Monitoring of Anticoagulant Therapy in Patients Being Treated with Low Molecular Weight Heparin; 4. Monitoring of Anticoagulant Therapy in Patients Being Treated with Fondaparinux; 5. Monitoring of Anticoagulant Therapy in Patients Being Treated with Lepirudin or Argatroban; 6. Evaluation for HIT; 7. Evaluation of Prolongations of the PT and the PTT and Assessment for Deficiencies of Coagulation Factors; 8. Evaluation for Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation; 9. Evaluation for a Congenital Hypercoagulable State; 10. Evaluation for Antiphospholipid Antibodies; 11. Evaluation for von Willebrand Disease; 12. Evaluation for a Coagulation Factor VIII Inhibitor; 13. Evaluation for Thrombocytopenia That Is Not Associated with Heparin Exposure; 14. Evaluation for Platelet Dysfunction in the Presence or Absence of Antiplatelet Agents