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From The CriticsReviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This small pocket-sized book provides coagulation testing guidelines and treatment recommendations for patients with bleeding or clotting disorders, focusing on how to avoid errors in the process.
Purpose: The purpose is to detail the avoidable errors that negatively impact the diagnosis and care of patients with bleeding or clotting disorders.
Audience: This book is written for trainees or practicing physicians caring for patients with bleeding or clotting disorders. It also would be of interest to clinical laboratory scientists (in training or in practice) interested in or specializing in coagulation testing. The author is an internationally recognized authority in this area.
Features: This deceptively small book contains 14 chapters — five devoted to issues related to monitoring efficacy of anticoagulation therapies, and the remaining nine on the evaluation of a variety of disorders (e.g., heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT), disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), von Willebrand disease (vWD), hereditary coagulation factor deficiencies, etc.). The writing is clear, concise, direct, and to the point. The chapters follow a standard format — a brief overview followed by sections discussing tests ordered by mistake, result interpretation mistakes, other mistakes, controversies, and, finally, a bulleted list of standards of care. Chapters include many illustrative clinical cases. Sections discussing errors are highlighted with a gray background for extra emphasis and easy identification. All in all, this is a brilliant work that highlights both the value and harm inherent in clinical laboratory testing, with the laudable goal of educating practitioners to choose the correct test for the correct clinical indication and to interpret the result correctly for the correct patient treatment.
Assessment: There are few coagulation books with this bulls-eye, expert focus on patient safety targeting choosing the correct test and interpreting the result correctly for optimal patient care. Get it.