Ugeskr Læger 2011;173(18):1287-1290
Summary Functional haemostatic tests are fast and reliable by transfusion demanding bleeding Ugeskr Læger 2011;173(18):1287-1290 Viscoelastic haemostatic tests (VHT), like thrombelastography (TEG) and rotationel thrombelastometry (ROTEM) are cell-based whole blood assays, which assess the viscoelastic properties of coagulation. The focus of this narrative review is to describe the TEG/ROTEM methodology and interpretation of the TEG/ROTEM results. Current clinical applications and limitations are also discussed. It is concluded that VHT are inexpensive point of care assays that allow quick assessment of the haemostatic function and thereby allow faster and more focused interventions than traditional coagulation tests do.