Coagulation defects in trauma patients: Etiology, recognition, and therapy

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    Trauma patients have many reasons to have defects in coagulation. These can be caused by the trauma or because of pre-existing disorders. Trauma patients who are at risk for coagulation defects should be screened with the basic tests (aPTT, INR/PT, platelet counts, hematocrit, and fibrinogen), with therapy based on the results. Attention also should be paid to any other correctable factors such as hypothermia. Finally, pre-existing disorders can influence the patient's hemostasis greatly and may require specific therapies.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)13-24
    Number of pages12
    JournalCritical Care Clinics
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jan 2004

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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