Bar Graphs & Blood Banks…

“Red cell transfusion rates for CPB patients are the highest and most variable amongst all surgical patients.” Editor’s Note: This discussion comes up so often, it borders on the ridiculous- because there has never really been any closure or academic consensus regarding transfusion thresholds- and the point at which we decide we are “going to […]

Coagulopathies

Coagulopathies The most common cause of intraoperative coagulopathy is thrombocytopenia secondary to hemodilution.  Thrombocytopenia is a condition where the circulating platelet count falls below 50,000 platelets per microliter.  As a result of such low circulating platelet levels, people have bleeding tendencies similar to those experienced by hemophiliacs (deficiency of Factor VIII), except that bleeding occurs […]