Published in Blood Weekly, August 29th, 2002
"Many surgeons believe they can discern whether a patient is taking an anticoagulant or a platelet inhibitor (blood thinner) by visual inspection of intraoperative oozing," explained Stewart W. West and colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
However, West and coauthors found evidence contradicting this long-held belief.
A group surgeons, blinded to whether or not patients took blood thinners, attempted to detect blood thinner use in 110 patients...
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