Heparin in an emergency-to draw PTT or not? - page 2

In a semi emergency situation and a surgeon asks you to give 5000u IVP and then hang 1000u/hr of Heparin, but did not order to to get a PTT, do you normally get one anyone? He did not order a... Read More

  1. by   trixytop4
    I have to say that we have a protocol and before you give a bolus of heparin and then hang it you better have a baseline PT and PTT INR. You never know what might be going on with this patient. In an emergency we immediately start the IV and draw the blood and that includes the blue top tube. Cover you behind and be safe.