Thromboelastometry profile in critically ill patients: A single-center, retrospective, observational study

Tomaz Crochemore, Thiago Domingos Corrêa, Marcus D. Lance, Cristina Solomon, Ary Serpa Neto, João Carlos De Campos Guerra, Priscila Scolmeister Lellis, Livia Muller Bernz, Natalia Nunes, Cassio Massashi Mancio, Ana Paula Hitomi Yokoyama, Eliézer Silva

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Background Transfusion therapy is associated with increased morbidity, mortality and costs. Conventional coagulation tests (CCT) are weak bleeding predictors, poorly reflecting coagulation in vivo. Thromboelastometry (ROTEM) provides early identification of coagulation disorders and can guide transfusion therapy by goals, reducing blood components transfusion. Objective The aim of this study is to describe coagulation profile of critically ill patients using ROTEM and evaluate the association between CCT and thromboelastometry. Methods This is a retrospective, observational study conducted in medical-surgical intensive care unit (ICU). Adult patients (18 years) admitted to ICU between November 2012 and December 2014, in whom ROTEM analyses were performed for bleeding management were included in this study. The first ROTEM and CCT after ICU admission were recorded simultaneously. Additionally, we collected data on blood components transfusion and hemostatic agents immediately after laboratory tests results. Results The study included 531 patients. Most ROTEM tests showed normal coagulation profile [INTEM (54.8%), EXTEM (54.1%) and FIBTEM (53.3%)] with divergent results in relation to CCT: low platelet count (51.8% in INTEM and 55.9% in EXTEM); prolonged aPTT (69.9% in INTEM and 63.7% in EXTEM) and higher INR (23.8% in INTEM and 27.4% in EXTEM). However 16,7% of patients with normocoagulability in ROTEM received platelet concentrates and 10% fresh frozen plasma. Conclusion The predominant ROTEM profile observed in this sample of critically ill patients was normal. In contrast, CCT suggested coagulopathy leading to a possibly unnecessary allogenic blood component transfusion. ROTEM test may avoid inappropriate allogeneic blood products transfusion in these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0192965
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes


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