By which route? When they are depressive, are they completely sedentary? Again, more info, please!
Dec 6, '07
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Yeah - you need more info to tell the reason. Heparin is an anticoagulant. If they've had recent surgery, then it would be to prevent the patient from throwing a clot. If the patient is s/p MI, then also to thin the blook and keep it from forming clots. A simple dx of bipolar disorder isn't a reason for giving heparin.
Dec 7, '07
med/surg, telemetry, IV therapy, mgmt
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You need to look up the drug, Heparin, in a drug reference book to see why it is given to a patient. Being bipolar has nothing to do with why a patient is receiving Heparin. You need to explore that patient's medical record, medical history and the physical exam done by the doctor to find out what is going on with this patient to find the answer to your question.
Dec 7, '07
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If it's the 5000 units SQ, that's for DVT prophylaxis and is commonly perscribed in in-hospital patients -
Do they need to be anticoagulated for A. Fib, mechanical valve replacement?? Sometimes they are transitioned off coumadin for surgery and given IV heparin until OR.