A simple tool to educate laboratory staff about anticoagulation

Academic Article

Abstract

  • Tests to monitor anticoagulation comprise a large percentage of the work of coagulation laboratories simply due to the large number of patients who receive anticoagulants such as heparin and warfarin. Despite the highly specialized and challenging nature of some coagulation tests, even the prothrombin time (PT) and the partial thromboplastin time (PTT) performed routinely in many small laboratories may pose challenges to medical technologists without special training. At the same time, they are often required to answer questions from medical staff regarding the anticoagulation testing results they provide. Thus, in order to improve patient safety, it is critical the clinical laboratory staff performing PT and PTT understand not only the technical aspects of the assays, but also how their results fit into patient management decisions.
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    Author List

  • Steciuk M; Tichenor P; Marques MB
  • Start Page

  • 687
  • End Page

  • 690
  • Volume

  • 40
  • Issue

  • 11