Wednesday, April 04, 2017
Biological Variation in Coagulation
HAPPY NATIONAL MEDICAL LABORATORY WEEK! All stars laboratory week: teaming up for patient care!
Monday, March 6, 2017
What Policies Do We Need In The Coagulation Laboratory?
Rules, regulations, policies can in many cases can complicate what we do in the laboratory. But there are many policies that need to be part of ensuring quality in the coagulation laboratory.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Coagulation and Laboratory Developed Tests
Laboratory Developed Test (LDTs) are tests that laboratories develop according to their own procedures. Many of these are known as "in house tests: and have no manufacturer kit. Why are these so important?
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Commonly Asked Coagulation Questions!
I am asked many questions in coagulation, so I thought to start off the new year, I would share some of the most commonly asked questions and my thoughts.
Monday, December 5, 2016
THE HOLIDAYS... AND WHAT ELSE - COAGULATION!
Welcome to the Holiday edition of Coagulation Corner! No matter what your beliefs or what group you belong to or do not belong to, everyone celebrates something. They may not be the same day for everyone, but working in a diverse environment and talking with people, there are similarities. They involve family, food, travel and many times stress! How does coagulation work its way into these events, stay with me, and I will show you.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
The Coagulation Cascade
Ah, the mysteries of life- the Bermuda triangle, the lost city of Atlantis, the WOW theory, and Mayan civilization. Some might even add the coagulation cascade to that list. It instills fear and confusion in students, residents and technologists alike. It is complicated with all factors, and inhibitors displaying the intrinsic, extrinsic, common and fibrinolytic systems. Or is can be as simple as- tissue factor becomes activated, then a miracle occurs and a clot forms! It was Paul Morawitz in 1905 that assembled coagulation factors into the scheme of coagulation which demonstrated that in the presence of calcium and thromboplastin, prothrombin (II) was converted to thrombin which in turn converted fibrinogen (I) into a fibrin clot. This theory persisted for 40 years until Paul Owren, in 1944, discovered a bleeding patient that a four factor concept of clotting could not apply, thus factor V was discovered.
Monday, October 3, 2016
World Thrombosis Day - October 13th
KNOW Thrombosis - Risks and Reducing the Burden
What is a burden? It is that which is carried, and borne with difficulty.
Monday, September 5, 2016
Quality In The Coagulation Laboratory
Quality is important in all areas of the laboratory - however, it is exceptionally challenging in the coagulation laboratory.
Monday, August 8, 2016
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome EDS: A Rare Bleeding Disorder
When a patient presents with excessive bruising and increased bleeding, signs point to hemophilia, von Willebrand disease or disorders of platelet function. However, there may be another possible diagnosis which includes inherited collagen disorders such as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). This is a rare disorder caused by mutations in collagen genes, connective-tissue synthesis and structure. The prevalence is equally manifested in males and females, with about 1 case in 400,000 people.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Review of ISLH 2016 in Milano, Italy - Part 2
This meeting was so jam-packed with information, I'm continuing the overview in this month's Coagulation Corner. Here's part two!
Friday, June 03, 2016
Review of ISLH 2016 in Milano, Italy - Part 1
This year, ISLH (International Society for Laboratory Hematology) was in Milano, Italy - and despite the temptations of Italy, the seminars were well attended and informative. Here are a few of the highlights. I have grouped them into topics that were presented.
Wednesday, May 04, 2016
Review of the THSNA/NASCOLA Conference
What do you think of when you think of Chicago? Windy city, beautiful architecture, deep dish pizza? All are correct - but for this blog, think great minds in coagulation gathering in one place to share knowledge. Really good meeting...the Thrombosis and Hemostasis Societies of North America paired with NASCOLA - the North American Specialized Coagulation Laboratory Association - for a meeting to include both clinical and laboratory topics. Here is an overview.
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