In summary, Multiplate ® device has several advantages as a POC method for platelet function.  It is quick and easy to perform, uses small amounts of diluted whole blood, electronic pipetting and single-use test cells. ,, The analysis of whole blood allows assessment of platelet function in the actual physiological environment of other cellular components such as red cells, monocytes, and other white blood cells. ,
Adoption of Multiplate ® facilitates reliable detection of patients with excessive residual effects of anti-platelet medications, therefore, nonurgent cases can be deferred. ,, This will reduce the risk postoperative bleeding, blood product transfusions and re-exploration. ,, In urgent cases, early availability of these test results showing poor platelet aggregation may prompt more targeted platelet transfusion. , These measures will lead to a better postoperative outcome, better resource utilization and cost reduction.
Year : 2015 | Volume : 18 | Issue : 1 | Page : 45-51
The role of point-of-care assessment of platelet function in predicting postoperative bleeding and transfusion requirements after coronary artery bypass grafting
We recommend wider usage of the Multiplate ® test in bleeding algorithms to risk stratify patients and guide transfusion protocols.
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