Heparin Protocol

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    Where can I get online instructions in Heparin Protocol? In refreshing skills after being off the floor for several years, I need help!!! I need directions in adjusting IV drip rates and rationales.
    Thanks so much.
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    This really should be something that your unit has on hand ... every hospital is different in regards to Heparin and its adjustments (i.e., does the MD have his/her own protocol, is the sliding scale for the PTT variable, do they use the IIB/IIIA protocol for concommitant plt inhibitors ...). This is a website that will do the calculations for you http://www.medcalc.com/heparin.html but I'm pretty sure you want a written out protocol. This one is for ischemic stroke patients (which is pretty close to the DVT/PE protocol). http://www.emermed.uc.edu/stroketeam...ng%20chart.pdf

    If I were you I would just find a blank MD order on the unit, take it home and practive the caluculations with different wts in kg. Then when it comes time to titrate it, the concept won't be so foreign.

    Hope this helps.
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    Quote from versatile_kat
    This really should be something that your unit has on hand ... every hospital is different in regards to Heparin and its adjustments (i.e., does the MD have his/her own protocol, is the sliding scale for the PTT variable, do they use the IIB/IIIA protocol for concommitant plt inhibitors ...). This is a website that will do the calculations for you http://www.medcalc.com/heparin.html but I'm pretty sure you want a written out protocol. This one is for ischemic stroke patients (which is pretty close to the DVT/PE protocol). http://www.emermed.uc.edu/stroketeam...ng%20chart.pdf

    If I were you I would just find a blank MD order on the unit, take it home and practive the caluculations with different wts in kg. Then when it comes time to titrate it, the concept won't be so foreign.

    Hope this helps.
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    My advice...follow protocal it does very. Use the pharmacy as a resouce as needed. Check and recheck your calculation as well as those before you. LOOK at your labs!!! PT/INR..monitor other anticoags..asa, coumadin dose daily, plavix...see the BIG picture
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    Is it true you can never piggyback heparin in to a mainline ,and then run the heparin through the pump. A cohort told me this and am just wondering if this is accurate. I wanted to Y the heparin into another line and run it through the pump, but she says no. Any ideas??
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    We always run heparin through a pump. Not as a piggyback, however. We either titrate heparin according to the PTT or we may have a set rate.

    Would you trust your skills to try to eyeball a rate on something that is as intricate and as vital as a heparin rate??
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    We'll run heparin into another line, say nitro, as a Y, but always on a pump. I would think it would be protocol to run it thru a pump. Our pumps will actually do the calculations for you, but I'll always double check.
    I know our protocol for ACS shoots for a PTT around 75...don't remember the exact range. We titrate based on the PTT then schedule labs around that.

    Cheers,
    Tom
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    Anyone using heparin anti-Xa labs now instead of PTT? Our heparin protocol still uses PTT, but some orders say "pharmacy to manage" and whatever their protocol goes by uses the anti-Xa result.
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    Heparin protocols are CRAZY! Every where I go it's something different....Cruikshank, weight-based, some personal kind, just anything. What drives me craziest is the differing concentrations of heparin. I was always used to a 1:1 which makes the titration easy, but lots of places use some other concentration and it gives this traveler a headache. I think standardization of this sort of thing, maybe not just heparin but a lot of drugs, is something JCAHO could look at rather than some of the craziness they do.
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    Yup, the many concentrations of Hep gtts must be a source of errors. Within facilities, I believe the #'s of choices are limited, but between facilities, watch out, agency/travelers!


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