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Thursday, December 7, 2016

December 2017 Holiday Case Study

Written By Donna Castellone, MS, MT (ASCP) SH | LinkedIn

Working in a hospital during the major holidays - essentially from Thanksgiving to Christmas, can be a blur. Between the holiday parties, family obligations and the flu- patients still come and go, reagents need to be validated, competency assessment still happens and all year end records need to be completed and 2018 ones generated. In spite of all of this, the coagulation laboratory continues and patients present with strange symptoms.



Monday, November 6, 2016

Coagulation Reagents - NOW WHAT?

Written By Donna Castellone, MS, MT (ASCP) SH | LinkedIn

Everyone knows there are issues with coagulation reagents- just look at a proficiency testing survey for factor assays- results are all over the place.



Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October 2017 - World Thrombosis Day

Written By Donna Castellone, MS, MT (ASCP) SH | LinkedIn

Sign up for the WTD 2017 Thunderclap and pledge your support!



Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Diagnosing Factor Deficiences

Written By Donna Castellone, MS, MT (ASCP) SH | LinkedIn

How is your coagulation laboratory at diagnosing patients with factor deficiencies? What impacts your laboratories capacity for detecting levels that correlate with the patients’ clinical diagnosis?



Monday, August 1, 2017

Overview of the ISTH Conference

Written By Donna Castellone, MS, MT (ASCP) SH | LinkedIn

The field of coagulation has expanded not only in scope, knowledge but also in practice. No longer is it a "need to know" basis. With all of the new drugs, the prevalence of thrombosis and still a population of patients with unexplained bleeding or stroke- everyone wants to understand and learn what is going on in this discipline.




Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Guidelines: Do We Need Them? Should We Use Them? Are They Helpful?

Written By Donna Castellone, MS, MT (ASCP) SH | LinkedIn

Coagulation laboratories are always looking for help. Coagulation testing has lots of challenges- different reagents with different sensitivities, different types of deficient plasma, different methodologies, standard curves, calibrators- you can mix and match or stick to what is matched to your analyzer. Add in different technologists running assays and adding their own touch and interpretation, it amazing any results get reported with confidence!



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

June 2017 ISLH: Hawaii - Hot Topics

Written By Donna Castellone, MS, MT (ASCP) SH | LinkedIn

The ISLH meeting took place his May in beautiful Hawaii. Not only was the weather hot, but the topcis were also. Here are a few of the highlights!



Tuesday, May 02 2017

Factor XIII

Written By Donna Castellone, MS, MT (ASCP) SH | LinkedIn

There are a few parameters that are not measured in the routine screening tests of the PT and aPTT. One are platelets and the other is a FXIII deficiency. Fibrin Stabilizing Factor was discovered in 1944 by Robbins. It occurs in 1 in 2 million births and inheritance pattern is autosomal recessive.



Wednesday, April 04, 2017

Biological Variation in Coagulation

Written By Donna Castellone, MS, MT (ASCP) SH | LinkedIn

HAPPY NATIONAL MEDICAL LABORATORY WEEK! All stars laboratory week: teaming up for patient care!




Monday, March 6, 2017

What Policies Do We Need In The Coagulation Laboratory?

Written By Donna Castellone, MS, MT (ASCP) SH | LinkedIn

Rules, regulations, policies can in many cases can complicate what we do in the laboratory. But there are many policies that need to be part of ensuring quality in the coagulation laboratory.



Saturday, February 4, 2017

Coagulation and Laboratory Developed Tests

Written By Donna Castellone, MS, MT (ASCP) SH | LinkedIn

Laboratory Developed Test (LDTs) are tests that laboratories develop according to their own procedures. Many of these are known as "in house tests: and have no manufacturer kit. Why are these so important?



Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Commonly Asked Coagulation Questions!

Written By Donna Castellone, MS, MT (ASCP) SH | LinkedIn

I am asked many questions in coagulation, so I thought to start off the new year, I would share some of the most commonly asked questions and my thoughts.




 




NEW BLOGS


December 2017 Holiday Case Study


Coagulation Reagents - NOW WHAT?


October 2017 - World Thrombosis Day


Diagnosing Factor Deficiences


Overview of the ISTH Conference


Guidelines: Do We Need Them? Should We Use Them? Are they Helpful?





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