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Reversing anti–factor Xa agents and the unmet needs in trauma patients

Beverley J. Hunt, Matthew D. Neal and Jakob Stensballe

Abstract

Andexanet alfa, a reversing agent for anticoagulants that inhibit factor Xa, has recently been licensed in the United States. We discuss the impact of this licensure on current practice and review in detail the problems of a neglected and growing clinical area: reversing the anticoagulation effect of factor Xa inhibitors in bleeding trauma patients. We identify areas of practice that need research so that care of bleeding trauma patients receiving direct factor Xa inhibitors can be improved.

  • Submitted June 11, 2018.
  • Accepted October 9, 2018.
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