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Drugs & Blood Products Used to Manage Bleeding Disorders with Dr. Pigott

Armi Pigott, DVM, DACVECC, BluePearl Pet Hospital, Glendale, Wisconsin

In this episode, host Alyssa Watson, DVM, is joined by Armi Pigott, DVM, DACVECC, to talk about his recent Clinician’s Brief article, “Drugs & Blood Products Used to Manage Bleeding Disorders.” Hemostasis can be complicated, but Dr. Pigott helps to break it down into its 3 phases, then uses those to organize diseases and treatments. He also discusses practical details about blood products and transfusions.

Key Takeaways

  • Hemostasis can be broken down into 3 phases: Primary (platelet plug), secondary (fibrin clot), and fibrinolysis (remove the clot).
  • Though conceptually sequential, all phases of hemostasis actually occur simultaneously.
  • Separating whole blood into blood products makes more out of a single donation, decreases antigen exposure, and reduces transfusion volume.
  • Any transfusion product that could include red blood cells requires typing and crossmatching
  • The first transfusion in a dog can be a “freebie;” there are NO “freebies” in cats.

About the Guest

Armi Pigott, DVM, DACVECC, is a criticalist and training program supervisor at BluePearl Pet Hospital in Glendale, Wisconsin. Dr. Pigott earned his DVM at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, completed a rotating internship at Pet Emergency Clinics in Ventura, California, and completed an emergency and critical care residency at Animal Emergency Center in Glendale, Wisconsin. His interests are in emergency resuscitation, trauma, wound management, and emergency medicine education.

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  • Randall Stupka - Podcast Production & Sound Editing
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