Is Heparin and Mag compatible

Specialties Cardiac


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augigi, CNS

1,366 Posts

Specializes in Critical Care, Cardiothoracics, VADs.

I would not run anything with a heparin infusion because it is too easy to screw up the patient's anticoagulation level!!! Heparin must run at a very specific rate to get a certain PTT, so adding it to a line that has something running at 100cc/hr, or something that is starting and stopping may mean that you are accelerating/decelerating the rate of infusion of heparin, and making the patient's PTT unstable.

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