From the Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service, VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, Connecticut; and Department of Laboratory Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut.
The transfusion medicine specialist as a coagulation consultant: a new variant of therapeutic pathology
Article first published online: 11 DEC 2012
© 2012 American Association of Blood Banks
Volume 53, Issue 9, pages 2086–2093, September 2013
How to Cite
Tormey, C. A. and Smith, B. R. (2013), The transfusion medicine specialist as a coagulation consultant: a new variant of therapeutic pathology. Transfusion, 53: 2086–2093. doi: 10.1111/trf.12012
This work was supported, in part, by an Alternative Training Pathway Grant from the American Society of Hematology awarded to the authors.
- Issue published online: 9 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 11 DEC 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 3 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 OCT 2012
- Manuscript Received: 4 SEP 2012
- American Society of Hematology
Practitioners in transfusion medicine, long involved in consultations emphasizing clinical issues such as alloantibody reporting and transfusion reaction evaluation, have more recently been engaged as experts and consultants in hemostasis and coagulation. Given the growing complexity in laboratory coagulation testing and its interpretation, the shortage of specialists in this arena, and the increasing costs associated with patient management, we believe that there are vital clinical roles in hemostasis that can be readily fulfilled by transfusion medicine practitioners. The aim of this article is to briefly outline three possible models by which transfusion medicine practitioners can begin to integrate coagulation consultation into their regular clinical practice. Moreover, we discuss a novel curriculum that we are developing at our institution to more fully train transfusion medicine fellows in the fields of hemostasis and thrombosis.