VetEmCRIT Rounds: A Chat about Fibrinolysis

During these rounds, two Diplomates of American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (Laura Cole and Rachael Birkbeck) are discussing a post-operative bleeding in a dog that underwent an anal sacculectomy and sublumbar lymph node removal. Drs. Cole and Birkbeck talk about physiology and pathophysiology of fibrinolysis as well as DIC, viscoelastic testing and the reasons why hemorrhagic cavitary effusions do not clot.

Dr. Birkbeck’s review paper on hyperfibrinolysis in dogs and cats can be found here.

Understanding Stats When Reading a Scientific Paper

In this post, I want to underscore the importance of understanding a statistical analysis section when reading any scientific paper, especially in veterinary medicine where the peer-review process of statistical analysis is not always as strict as in human medicine.

Obviously, it is impossible to cover the entire statistical analysis course in this post, and I am by no means a statistician. However, I will give you an example of choosing a wrong statistical test leading to a completely wrong interpretation of the results of a clinical study. My goal is to ignite your interest and curiosity with respect to statistical analysis, and I plan to continue posting similar articles in the future.

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