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Operating Room Hemostasis Testing

From the 2022 Joint Annual Meeting (recorded 6/29/2022)
Presented by George Fritsma, MS, MT(ASCP)

Anesthesiologists perform preoperative, postoperative, and interoperative laboratory assays to manage hemorrhage and thrombosis risks. Medical laboratory scientists may support anesthesiology's management of supratherapeutic heparin, red cells, platelets, plasma, antifibrinolytics, or factor concentrates. We examine near-patient hemostasis testing that includes the time-honored activated clotting time and viscoelastometry; including the thromboelastograph (TEG), Sonoclot, rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM), and the Quantra.

At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Perform and interpret the activated clotting time test.
  • Describe and interpret viscoelastometry reports.
  • Relate viscoelastometry reports to hemostasis management.

ASCLS is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. One (1) P.A.C.E. ® contact hour and one (1) Florida credit hour in the area of HEM (Hematology) will be awarded to participants. ASCLS P.A.C.E.® is accepted by the ASCP/ASCLS/AGT Board of Certification and all states, including Florida and California, as an approved provider of continuing education for recertification and licensure. ASCLS is an approved provider with CE Broker for Florida licensees.

This Intermediate-level program is appropriate for laboratory professionals working in clinical, public health and academic settings.