Journal article

The Effect of Preoperative Aspirin and/or Heparin Therapy on Coagulation and Postoperative Blood Loss after Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery.

G Liu, PL McNicol, P Macall, R Bellomo, G Przybylowski, J Bowkett, J Connellan, F McInnes, PJ Thurlow

Crit Care Resusc | Published : 1999


OBJECTIVE: To assess the effects of preoperative aspirin and/or intravenous heparin therapy on perioperative coagulation tests and postoperative blood loss for 24-hour after coronary artery bypass surgery. METHODS: Multiple conventional coagulation tests, activated clotting time, thrombelastograph, skin bleeding time and platelet aggregation were performed before induction of anaesthesia, following protamine administration and after skin closure in 45 patients. RESULTS: There was no significant difference in either coagulation tests or postoperative blood loss (median of 860 mL with a range of 275 to 2800 mL, versus 833 ml with a range of 500-1380 mL) between the aspirin and no-aspirin patie..

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