While objective laboratory data is regularly utilized to guide transfusion practices, it is often unclear which data points are relevant when considering whether a patient requires plasma, platelet and/or cryoprecipitate transfusions. In this session, Dr. Wool will provide a background on viscoelastic testing and which contexts this testing is being applied to guide transfusion practices. Drs. John Hess and Melissa Cushing will then present conflicting viewpoints on whether viscoelastic testing is useful in guiding transfusion practices. After the formal presentations, an informal discussion will occur amongst the panel presenters and the audience to explore different viewpoints on the topic
Explain the background on viscoelastic testing.
List pros and cons for using viscoelastic assays.
Debate the utility of viscoelastic testing in guiding transfusion practices.
Weill Cornell Medicine Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Division of Transfusion Medicine, University of Washington
Co-Editor-in-Chief, "Transfusion and Apheresis Science” Journal, John H. Childers, MD, Professorship in Pathology, Professor (Tenure) of Pathology and Internal Medicine (Hematology/Oncology), Chief of Pathology and Medical Director, UTSW Clinical Laborato,
UT Southwestern Medical Center, Department of Pathology, Division of Transfusion Medicine and Hemostasis
Medical Director, Coagulation Laboratory, Attending, Transfusion Medicine/Apheresis Service,
University of Chicago