DIC labs are laboratory tests indicating the presence of disseminated intravascular coagulation, which is seen in up to 1 percent of hospital patients, according to Medscape. The condition is most commonly observed in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock.
DIC, also known as disseminated intravascular coagulation or less commonly as consumptive coagulopathy, is a pathological process characterized by widespread activation of blood clots in small blood vessels located throughout the body, reports Wikipedia. The condition can lead to a compromise of tissue blood flow and ultimately lead to multiple organ damage. DIC occurs as a complicating factor from another underlying condition, usually in patients with a critical illness, notes Medscape.