Quote from leigh_86us
I have a piggy-back question. Our heparin protocol has scheduled times for lab draws, but shouldn't you be timing the labs from when you physically change the dose on the pump for best results? We were discussing it the other night, and some people say just stick with the pre-scheduled times.
We have a heparin protocol that states when the assay should be drawn...typically Q6H until therapeutic, unless the patient is supratherapeutic and the drip needs to be turned off for an hour or something (per protocol), then we do a stat heparin assay level within one hour. In our computer, the labs aren't prescheduled...we get our heparin assay result, do whatever is necessary based on the protocol, and then put in the order for the next heparin level. We always put them in as a "timed study" instead of routine, that way lab draws them during the correct time.