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Heparin Drip

  1. 0 Can anyone tell me how long it takes for a PTT level to return to normal after stopping a heparin drip?
  2. 6 Comments

  3. Visit  sapphire18 profile page
    Depends what you mean by normal- the MD should have a goal range. I know at least preoperatively, a gtt needs to be stopped 6 hours prior to surgery. Heparin leaves the body fairly quickly.
  4. Visit  JamieSueRN profile page
    Well a normal PTT is roughly 25-30. I'm wondering how long it would take a PTT level to go from 89 to 29. I know its fast but was wondering if anyone knew a close estimate of how long.
  5. Visit  sapphire18 profile page
    Why are you asking? School assigment? If not I'd need to know some more about the pt.
  6. Visit  Jdl2002 profile page
    The half-life on heparin is about 1.5 hours. In the average person, one would expect a ptt to return to normal within about 4 hours.
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  7. Visit  BelgianRN profile page
    If it needs to be corrected faster you can administer protamine.
    Esme12 likes this.
  8. Visit  an2on profile page
    I guess it would would depends on the half life of the drug which you can find a drug book, right ?

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