Aren’t neonatal clotting samples tricky! They are often crucially important for patient care, eg if surgery is planned or the baby is critically unwell. How can clinicians ensure their samples give accurate results and are not reported as “clotted”- We will give some top tips and some background theory in this article.
At St Mike’s, we provide care for newborn infants with an antenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease. For newcomers to the medical team in the unit, attending these deliveries can be an anxious prospect. This blog post is written to give some general pointers about the clinical problems you could encounter in the infant with preoperative congenital heart disease.