D-Dimer

Be more familiar with the D-dimer test. Click here for a quick guide, a free request form, and a clinical notes template. 

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By Patricia Buenaventura on May 15, 2024.

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What is a D-Dimer Test?

A D-dimer test is a blood test that measures the D-dimer protein, a protein fragment that is produced when blood clots dissolve in the body. The test is typically used to determine if one has a blood clotting condition and needs additional blood tests and imaging procedures for a diagnosis. Some conditions it can help diagnose are pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis, and stroke.

Printable D-Dimer Test

Download this D-Dimer Test, which measures the D-dimer protein and determines if a patient has a blood clotting condition.

How does it work?

Step One. Access and Download the Template

Have a digital and printable copy of the D-dimer test that doubles as a request form and document for interpretation. Grab a copy by doing either of the following:

  • Clicking the �??Use Template�?� or �??Download Template�?� button
  • Searching �??D-dimer Test�?� on Carepatron�??s template library�??s search bar on the website or app

Step Two. Interview, Assess, or Examine the Patient

Before requesting, they must interview, assess, or physically examine the patient to determine if they need the test. If they do, use the template as a request form and fill out all the needed information. 

Step Three. Perform the Test

On the test day, the patient must bring the filled-out template to the practitioner responsible for collecting the sample. The document will prove that you requested the D-dimer test.

Step Four. Analyze and Interpret the Results

Once the test results are available, you may use the template to write the analysis and interpretation based on the results. That way, should you need a document you can rely on when formulating a diagnosis or treatment plan, you have one. 

Step Five. Securely Store the Template

Whether you use it as a document for notes or a request form, you must store the document at a secure physical location or on Carepatron, a HIPAA-compliant clinical documentation software, with other medical records of the patient in the patient portal. 

D-Dimer Test Example (sample)

We created a filled-out PDF file of the D-dimer test that can give you an idea of how the template may look if used both as a document for results and a request form. Do note, however, that the answers in the template are fictional. 

Obtain a copy by viewing the sample below or clicking the �??Download Example PDF�?� button. 

Download this D-Dimer Test Example:

D-Dimer Test Example (sample)

When would you use this test?

A physician, physician�??s assistant, or nurse practitioner may use this test when they suspect that the patient has a problem with blood clotting or if they exhibit the symptoms of the following conditions:

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC)

Aside from those, the test may be used to monitor those receiving Anticoagulant Therapy and to rule out thrombosis. 

Note that even if the test can indicate the presence of a clot, it cannot be used to determine the location of the clot.

What do the results mean?

You can expect to find the exact measure of D-dimer found in the patient�??s blood and the typical range of D-dimer that must be in a person�??s blood. 

The D-dimer level must typically be less than 0.50 milligrams per liter (mg/L) of fibrinogen equivalent units (FEU). Suppose the patient�??s D-dimer level is equivalent to or higher than the level mentioned, indicating a positive test. In that case, they are more likely to have a clotting disorder and must undergo further testing to diagnose. 

However, it�??s also important to consider that certain situations may raise a person�??s D-dimer level, such as an autoimmune disorder, immobilization, and recent surgery. 

Why use Carepatron as your D-Dimer app?

Beyond being an app where you can get a copy of the D-dimer test template, Carepatron is also a general practice software that will make you more productive by efficiently managing your practice.

With Carepatron, you don�??t have to download multiple separate software. Rather, on a single platform - Carepatron�??s - you can find and use tools and features to streamline processes and automate tasks related to:

  • Appointment Reminders: You can set up a system that can send automated reminders of appointments (and payment reminders!) to patients via email and SMS.
  • Clinical Documentation: You can save time and effort documenting important clinical information by using over 1,000 templates of notes and medical documents in our template library.
  • Medical Billing: Offer more payment options and process payments quicker to patients to speed up the medical billing process.
  • Patient Records: Store and effortlessly pull out patient details and records in our patient portal when needed.
  • Telehealth: Schedule, create notes within your telehealth app, and accept payments without stress, anytime, anywhere.

All these and more are available on no other practice management software than Cearepatron. Don�??t miss out on the chance to raise the caliber of your practice. Sign up for a free account and access today!

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References

  • Armando Tripodi, D-Dimer Testing in Laboratory Practice, Clinical Chemistry, Volume 57, Issue 9, 1 September 2011, Pages 1256�??1262, https://doi.org/10.1373/clinchem.2011.166249
  • The role of D-Dimer testing in clinical hematology and oncologHematologyOncology. (n.d.). https://www.hematologyandoncology.net/archives/august-2017/the-role-of-d-dimer-testing-in-clinical-hematology-and-oncology/
Who typically requests a D-Dimer Test?
Who typically requests a D-Dimer Test?

Commonly asked questions

Who typically requests a D-Dimer Test?

Physicians, their assistants, and nurse practitioners are the healthcare professionals who typically request a D-dimer test. 

When are D-Dimer Tests used?

They are used when the referring physician suspects that the patient is suspected of having a blood clotting condition because of their symptoms or when they�??re undergoing anticoagulant therapy sessions. 

How long does a D-Dimer Test take?

The sample collection can take a few minutes; however, the processing, analysis, and interpretation of results.

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