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1 5 3 J U N E 2 0 1 4 | O U T P AT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E Paul A. Gurbel, MD SAFETY C ontrolling bleeding risks is a primary concern for surgical teams before any procedure, especially now that the patient popula- tion is getting older and presenting with more vascular disease. The challenge of limiting bleeding is compounded when patients are taking antiplatelet agents or blood thinners, including aspirin. In these cases, a personalized approach to assessing intraoperative bleeding risk is best. Drug resistance part of the equation Antiplatelet agents are valuable treatment options that help prevent heart attacks and strokes in patients. However, when patients require surgery, it's important to determine a course of treatment that will strike a delicate Managing Patients on Blood Thinners Limiting bleeding risks demands a personalized approach. Sinai Hospital of Baltimore PRE-OP PRECAUTION Platelet testing should be a part of pre-op assessments in patients with known bleeding risks. OS_1406_part3_Layout 1 6/13/14 11:56 AM Page 153

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