It is important that laboratories perform adequate corrective action when troubleshooting a PT result. This may lead to a better quality of testing, reliable test results and of course ensure patient safety.
Everyone likes to open and play with new things, to learn how they work and what you can make them do- however, when you learn that your laboratory is getting a new coagulation analyzer most reactions are a little different. Emotions can run from excitement to dread. Where does one start?
What does a prolonged aPTT mean? In a perfect coagulation world, the short answer is it means the patient is on heparin, has a factor deficiency, or an inhibitor (to specific factor, or a lupus anticoagulant).
February reminds us to take care of our hearts, both emotionally and physically. This past year we have been overwhelmed by COVID-19, so much so that the coronavirus has surpassed heart disease as the leading cause of death in the US.
To say this year has been a challenge is an understatement. Everything revolves around COVID- and we have now even COVID fatigue. The good news is the vaccine is in its approval phase, which is truly remarkable. I urge people to read the studies, the reviews and educate yourselves to guide others to make informed decisions.
It is very important for clinicians and parents to be aware of MIS-C syndrome as a result of COVID-19. Understanding the difference between KD and MIS-C and the absence of a positive PCR COVID-19 test but a positive antibody test is critical in the diagnosis of this disorder.