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Yup typically, we use a heparin gtt for a bridge before surgey. Ex. Pt's who are about to undergo coronary bypass that have had stents placed in the past, we hold their coumadin or plavix (since those effects can last for days = higher risk for bleeding), and start them on heparin to help prevent further coronary occlusions.
We typically don't use the LMWH (lovenox, arixtra) b/c heparin is more easily titrated and monitored, effects are shorter than lmwh, & should the need arise we can administer protamine for reversal.