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Haemostasis is the cessation of bleeding.

Considered physiologically, haemostasis involves the activation of platelets, plasma and tissue factors - blood coagulation - and vessel constriction.

Surgically, haemostasis commonly refers to the act of stemming haemorrhage with techniques like diathermy, cross-clamping and ligatures.

Disorders of haemostasis include:

  • bleeding disorders
  • thrombosis

Last reviewed 01/2018