Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC)

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Lecture Overview

Disseminated intravascular coagulation is characterised by a systemic activation of the clotting cascade as a result of an unregulated generation of thrombin and activated fibrin. This results in concurrent bleeding and clotting. In this lecture, clinical educator Joanne Reading looks at the pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and management of this potentially fatal complication.


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Joanne Reading is a clinical educator at the Royal Melbourne Hospital ICU. She holds a critical care graduate certificate and a Master of Health Science, with a focus on education. Joanne is passionate about ensuring that education is entertaining as it fosters critical thinking, and runs her own nursing education website at ‘Blogging for your Noggin’.
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First Published15 May 2023
Updated15 May 2023
15 May 2025
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Critical Care