A pilot study of viscoelastic monitoring in pediatric trauma: Outcomes and lessons learned

Bola Aladegbami, Pamela Choi, Martin Keller, Adam Vogel

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Background: Examine the characteristics and outcomes of pediatric trauma patients at risk for coagulopathy following implementation of viscoelastic monitoring. Materials and Methods: Injured children, aged <18 years, from September 7, 2014, to December 21, 2015, at risk for trauma-induced coagulopathy were identified from a single, level-1 American College of Surgeons verified pediatric trauma center. Patients were grouped by coagulation assessment: no assessment (NA), conventional coagulation testing alone (CCT), and conventional coagulation testing with rapid thromboelastography (rTEG). Coagulation assessment was provider preference with all monitoring options continuously available. Groups were compared and outcomes were evaluated including blood product utilization, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) utilization, duration of mechanical ventilation, and mortality. Results: A total of 155 patients were identified (NA = 78, CCT = 54, and rTEG = 23). There was no difference in age, gender, race, or mechanism. In practice, rTEG patients were more severely injured, more anemic, and received more blood products and crystalloid (P < 0.001). rTEG patients also had increased mortality with fewer ventilator and ICU-free days. Multivariate logistic regression and covariance analysis indicated that while rTEG use was not associated with mortality, it was associated with increased use of blood products, duration of mechanical ventilation, and ICU length of stay. Conclusions: Viscoelastic monitoring was infrequently performed, but utilized in more severely injured patients. Well-designed prospective studies in patients at high risk of coagulopathy are needed to evaluate goal-directed hemostatic resuscitation strategies in children.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-103
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Emergencies, Trauma and Shock
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018


  • Coagulopathy
  • Hemostatic resuscitation
  • Pediatric trauma
  • Rapid thromboelastography
  • Viscoelastic monitoring


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