Coagulation disorders in the ICU.

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Coagulation disorders in the ICU.

Clin Chest Med. 2009 Mar;30(1):123-9, ix

Authors: Marks PW

Disorders of hemostasis and thrombosis are frequently encountered in the ICU setting. Understanding the relevance of laboratory findings is essential in providing appropriate therapy. Various blood products and hemostatic agents are available to assist in the control of bleeding, and several different classes of anticoagulants are now available for use. Appropriate use of these agents maximizes therapeutic effect while minimizing complications. Use of fresh frozen plasma, cryoprecipitate, and other hemostatic agents should generally be reserved for those who have active bleeding, those undergoing invasive procedures, and those at high risk for bleeding because of their underlying diagnoses or because of associated hematologic derangements.

PMID: 19186284 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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