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NSW Health Pathology has been working with staff at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital this year to use point of care testing for cardiac surgery patients to improve healthcare but also conserve precious blood supplies.
During cardiac surgery bleeding either indicates that a patient might need more sutures or that they are not clotting properly.
In the absence of real-time testing available to indicate what exactly is happening doctors would not be able to easily differentiate the cause and would frequently give the patient a transfusion of blood or blood products.
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