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Blood Disorders

Identification of Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia

Heparin is a commonly-used anticoagulant that is given to patients to prevent the formation of blood clots used in the setting of certain medical condition or medical procedures.

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Blood Disorders

Assessing Platelet Refractoriness and the Appropriate Use of HLA Testing

Platelet transfusions have become a mainstay of treatment that are invaluable in the management of patients with hematologic and oncologic disorders.

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Blood Disorders

Optimal Utilization of Thromboelastrography (TEG)

Thromboelastography (TEG) was first described by Dr. Hartert in Germany almost 60 years ago. However, it came to clinical practice almost 25 years following its discovery.

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Blood Disorders

A Brief Introduction to Clinical Application of Liquid Biopsy

What is liquid biopsy? It's a test done on circulating tumor cells or shed fragments of tumor DNA from a sample of blood to determine the genomics or molecular portrait of a tumor.

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Blood Disorders

New Rapid Diagnostic Testing for Bloodstream Infections….Coming soon for UC Davis Health System

Bloodstream infections are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the U.S. The timely identification of blood borne pathogens and the selection of antimicrobial therapy can improve clinical outcomes.

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Blood Disorders

Fungal Blood Cultures: When should they be ordered?

In every patient with a suspected infection, the prompt detection and identification of the organism is of utmost importance.

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Blood Disorders

Lactate Testing: Not So Simple After All?

Lactate testing plays a critical role in sepsis management. Previously, a blood lactate level of >4 mmol/L was used to help identify patients with severe sepsis and septic shock.

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