TITLE

Heparin monitoring during cardiac surgery. Part 1: validation of whole-blood heparin concentration and activated clotting time

AUTHOR(S)
Raymond, P.D.; Ray, M.J.; Callen, S.N.; Marsh, N.A.
PUB. DATE
September 2003
SOURCE
Perfusion;Sep2003, Vol. 18 Issue 5, p269
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
There is limited published data on the agreement between techniques for monitoring heparin levels. The aim of this study was to validate the Hepcon/HMS, with particular focus on the agreement with laboratory anti-Xa assay. The performances of two ACT instruments - Hemochron and HemoTec - were also evaluated, including an assessment for interchangeability. Blood samples from 42 adult cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) patients were analysed for activated clotting time (ACT), whole-blood heparin concentration (Hepcon/HMS) and anti-factor Xa (anti-Xa) plasma heparin concentration. Agreement between measures was determined using the method of Bland and Altman. Simple analysis of agreement between the Hepcon and anti-Xa heparin revealed the Hepcon has a mean bias of -0.46 U/mL, with the limits of agreement ± 1.12 U/mL. The comparison between ACT instruments indicated a mean difference of -96 seconds for the HemoTec, with limits of ±265 seconds. The Hepcon/HMS instrument displayed satisfactory agreement with anti-Xa plasma heparin concentration, as the expected variation would not be expected to cause problems in the clinical setting. Agreement between the two measurements of ACT may be satisfactory, provided each is assigned a different target value.
ACCESSION #
11110045

 

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