Factor First!

OK, did I get your attention? Hopefully I did, because giving replacement factor to children with hemophilia presenting to the Emergency Department as soon as possible is the most important thing that you can do to positively impact outcomes. This episode of PEM Currents focuses on the different bleeding complications seen in Hemophilia and Von Willebrands and reviews basic management. There is a companion post on that has more detailed information that you should check out as well.

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By bradsobo

Brad Sobolewski, MD, MEd is a Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and an Associate Director for the Pediatric Residency Training Program at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He is on Twitter @PEMTweets and authors the Pediatric Emergency Medicine site PEMBlog and produces and hosts the PEM Currents: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Podcast.

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