Point of Care Testing in Cardiac Surgery: Diagnostic Modalities to Assess Coagulation and Platelet Function

Authors

  • Marshall Stafford,

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Anesthesiology, University of Colorado—Denver, Denver, CO, USA
    • Correspondence to: Marshall Stafford, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Colorado—Denver, 12401 E. 17th Ave., Leprino Office Bldg., B113, Aurora, CO 80045, USA.

      E-mail: marshall.stafford@ucdenver.edu

      Nathaen Weitzel, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Colorado—Denver, 12401 E. 17th Ave., Leprino Office Bldg., B113, Aurora, CO 80045, USA.

      E-mail: nathaen.weitzel@ucdenver.edu

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  • Nathaen Weitzel

    Corresponding author
    1. Department of Anesthesiology, University of Colorado—Denver, Denver, CO, USA
    • Correspondence to: Marshall Stafford, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Colorado—Denver, 12401 E. 17th Ave., Leprino Office Bldg., B113, Aurora, CO 80045, USA.

      E-mail: marshall.stafford@ucdenver.edu

      Nathaen Weitzel, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Colorado—Denver, 12401 E. 17th Ave., Leprino Office Bldg., B113, Aurora, CO 80045, USA.

      E-mail: nathaen.weitzel@ucdenver.edu

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Abstract

Preclinical Research

Point of Care testing in the perioperative arena is a high priority topic, specifically in cardiac surgery where a majority of perioperative blood transfusions occur. Platelet function in particular is of interest in cardiac surgery as cardiopulmonary bypass itself creates known platelet dysfunction, but also because more and more patients are on antiplatelet agents due to coronary stenting procedures. This review will focus on presenting current data relating to platelet function in the perioperative setting, along with a brief review of general coagulation concepts.

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