Coagulation problems are very common in intensive care patients. It is important to recognize potential problems, perform a rapid assessment, and start therapy. The author reviews general clinical and laboratory approaches to diagnosis and treatment of the bleeding patient and to correction of coagulopathies. This review outlines a set of often catastrophic coagulation problems, which may present both thrombotic and bleeding challenges. These include heparin induced thrombocytopenia, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, and disseminated intravascular coagulation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine