Detection of Inherited and Acquired Hemostatic Disorders in Surgical Patients

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(Abstracted from Can J Anaesth, 63(9):1003–1006, 2016)This editorial accompanied the article by Bonhomme et al,1 which proposed a 7-point structured questionnaire HEMSTOP (Hematoma, hEmorrhage, Menorrhagia, Surgery, Tooth extraction, Obstetrics, Parents) to facilitate preoperative identification of surgical patients with hemostatic disorders requiring specific measures to reduce perioperative bleeding. The author outlines commonly used techniques to detect and evaluate the more common acquired hemostatic disorders, as well as rarer inherited ones in surgical patients.

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