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Dalteparin vs Heparin?

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by tincan tincan (New) New

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I have a question about dalteparin and heparin.

I have a patient who was just admitted with GI bleed (it's not actively bleeding anymore). She has an order for bedrest. She also has a history of stroke. She is a lady in her 70's.

She has an order for Dalteparin, which I believe would be to prevent clotting (such as DVT) and to prevent the chance of a stroke happening. My questions are...

- what's the difference between using Dalteparin vs Heparin for this patient?

- she was admitted for GI bleed, so wouldn't the Dalteparin put her at risk for bleeding again?

- Is the Dalteparin ordered to prevent DVT then because getting DVT is more dangerous than getting bleeding again?

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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locolorenzo22 is a BSN, RN and specializes in Ortho, Neuro, Detox, Tele.

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So Dalteparin is a low-molecular weight heparin, so would prevent DVT. the low molecular weight part actually decreases the risk for GI bleed, although must still be monitored for.

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So does it mean heparin has a higher risk of GI bleed?

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