Emergency Hemostasis Testing

In a trauma situation you need rapid assessment to determine what treatment is needed. Speed is critical; the goal is accuracy in the shortest amount of time to determine what is the problem, and what treatment is need. Two major causes of coagulopathy in trauma are a coagulopathy due to severe head injury or hemorrhagic shock due to massive bleeding.

What do you need to know to interpret coagulation tests?

Here are some valuable lessons that I have learned over the years. This information is important to understand not only from the laboratory perspective, but also for clinicians, residents and anyone trying to understand coagulation results.