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Thromboelastography and Rotational Thromboelastometry in Bleeding Patients with Coagulopathy: Practice Management Guideline from the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.

BACKGROUND: Assessment of the immediate need for specific blood product transfusions in acutely bleeding patients is challenging. Clinical assessment and commonly used coagulation tests are inaccurate and time-consuming. The goal of this practice management guideline was to evaluate the role of the viscoelasticity tests: thromboelastography (TEG) and rotational thromboelastometry (ROTEM), in the management of acutely bleeding trauma, surgical and critically ill patients. METHODS: Systematic review and meta-analyses of manuscripts comparing TEG/ROTEM to non-TEG/ROTEM-guided blood products transfusions strategies were performed. The Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) methodology was applied to assess the level of evidence and create recommendations for TEG/ROTEM-guided blood product transfusions in adult trauma, surgical, and critically ill patients. RESULTS: Utilizing TEG/ROTEM-guided blood transfusions in acutely bleeding trauma, surgical, and critically ill patients was associated with a tendency to fewer blood product transfusions in all populations. TEG/ROTEM-guided transfusions were associated with a reduced number of additional invasive hemostatic interventions (angioembolic, endoscopic, or surgical) in surgical patients. TEG/ROTEM -guided transfusions were associated with a reduction in mortality in trauma patients. CONCLUSION: In patients with ongoing hemorrhage and concern for coagulopathy, we conditionally recommend using TEG/ROTEM-guided transfusions, compared with traditional coagulation parameters, to guide blood component transfusions in each of the following three groups: adult trauma patients, adult surgical patients, and patients with critical illness. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Level II TYPE OF STUDY: Therapeutic.

Citation: 

Bugaev, Nikolay, John J. Como, Guy Golani, Jennifer J. Freeman, Jaswin S. Sawhney, Cory J. Vatsaas, Brian K. Yorkgitis, et al. “Thromboelastography and Rotational Thromboelastometry in Bleeding Patients with Coagulopathy: Practice Management Guideline from the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.” J Trauma Acute Care Surg, September 16, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1097/TA.0000000000002944.

Published Date: 
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Published In: 
J Trauma Acute Care Surg
PMID: 
32941349