This book is a rich source of information on point-of-care (POC) tests for
the diagnosis and treatment of severe hemorrhage, including thromboelastography,
thromboelastometry, heparin monitoring systems, and platelet function analyzers
(Multiplate, PFA-100, VerifyNow, etc.). The opening chapters focus on the pathophysiology
of coagulation and the general characteristics of POC devices.
The relevance of POC tests in specific scenarios is then carefully explained, with guidance on their use in contexts including trauma, cardiovascular surgery, ECMO, liver surgery, postpartum hemorrhage, and disorders of hemostasis in the critically ill. An individual chapter is devoted to practical issues when applying POC tests, and the book closes by presenting a set of informative clinical cases.
As POC devices gain increasing popularity as bedside diagnostic tools in different clinical settings, it is important for practitioners to understand their role and value. Point-of-Care Tests for Severe Hemorrhage will be a useful and reliable source of information for anesthesiologists, intensivists, cardiologists, and hematologists.
- Provides up-to-date information on the use of POC coagulation tests in different clinical scenarios
- Adopts a multidisciplinary approach
- Includes a set of informative clinical cases
Pathophysiology of coagulation.- General aspects of viscoelastic tests.- General aspects of platelet function tests.- Other POC tests.- POC tests in clinical practice: history.- Blood derivates and prohemostatic drugs.- Clinical management of severe bleeding in trauma patients.- Clinical management of severe bleeding in cardiovascular patients.- Clinical management of post-partum hemorrhage.- Clinical management of severe bleeding in liver surgery.- Disorders of hemostasis in critically ill patients.- Assessment of the effects of antithrombotic drugs.- Practical issues in POC tests.- Clinical cases.