By: Erin Mays, DVM Description: Coagulation dysfunction in trauma has been a topic of debate for the past 20 years. Over the past decade, our understanding of the mechanisms behind
By: Erin Mays, DVM
Coagulation dysfunction in trauma has been a topic of debate for the past 20 years. Over the past decade, our understanding of the mechanisms behind trauma induced coagulopathy have improved significantly, though some concepts remain unclear. Specifically: why do some patients develop coagulopathy and others do not? This question holds true in veterinary trauma medicine as well- for we have yet to consistently identify such a coagulopathy in veterinary trauma studies, though many case reports exist. In this session, we will explore our understanding (as well as lack of understanding) of the mechanisms of coagulopathy in trauma and will delve into the recommended diagnostic treatment approach for cases in which coagulopathy is suspected or confirmed. We will explore what is on the horizon to improve our understanding of coagulopathy in trauma and how we can harness what we know about the phenomenon to improve outcomes, even when advanced coagulation diagnostics are not available.
- Understand the clinical and diagnostic features of coagulopathic trauma patients
- Understand mechanisms driving coagulation dysfunction in trauma
- Understand the pertinent literature surrounding trauma and coagulopathy in both human and veterinary medicine
- Understand how to apply our knowledge of coagulopathy to optimally treat trauma patients, even in resource-limited settings
Dr. Mays is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care and has special clinical and research interest in trauma resuscitation, transfusion therapy, and disorders of coagulation. Following graduation from University of Illinois in 2008, she was commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. Following her active duty service, Dr. Mays pursued her passion for critical care medicine at NC State University where she completed specialty internship and residency in emergency and critical care. She works both in private practice and industry and has ongoing clinical research in the area of trauma hemostasis and development of novel transfusion products and strategies. Dr. Mays continues her military service in the Army Reserves.
(Monday) 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST