Hemodilution has been associated with both hypocoagulability and hypercoagulability in studies based on thromboelastography (TEG). Severe hemodilution during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) is a risk factor for morbidity in cardiac surgery. This study investigated the effects of different degrees of hemodilution with CPB on post-CPB TEG parameters and coagulation-related outcomes.
University research hospital.
The study comprised 793 cardiac surgery patients.
Measurements and Main Results
The patient population was divided into low (LH), moderate (MH), and severe (SH) hemodilution groups based on the hemodilution degree on CPB. Differences in TEG parameters and coagulation-related outcomes were assessed. Patients with SH experienced significantly (p = 0.019) prolonged clotting times (median r-time 6.1 min, interquartile range 5.1-7.4 min) with respect to patients with MH (median r-time 5.8 min, interquartile range 4.8-7 min) and LH (median r-time 5.9 min, interquartile range 4.8-7.2 min). Clot firmness was significantly (p = 0.001) lower in patients with SH (median maximum amplitude 63 mm, interquartile range 57-68 mm) compared with patients with MH (median maximum amplitude 65 mm, interquartile range 61-71 mm) and LH (median maximum amplitude 67 mm, interquartile range 62-74 mm). Patients with SH had higher chest drain blood loss and required more fresh frozen plasma and platelet concentrate transfusions than did patients with MH or LH. Postoperative thromboembolic complications were significantly (p = 0.006) more common in patients with SH (2.6%) than in patients with MH (0%) or LH (0.4%).
SH on CPB is associated with hypocoagulation, bleeding, and thrombosis-associated worse outcomes.