Hello fellow OR nurses,
I am curious what kind of protocol other organizations follow in terms of preoperative heparin administration for VTE prophylaxis.
Do you guys give pre op heparin (unfractionated, 5000 units, SQ) in the OR? Or in the preoperative holding area (e.g. Same Day Unit)? If it is given in the preoperative holding area, when is the timing to administer heparin?
I would appreciate if you add the size of the organization that you work at (e.g. the number of OR suites).
In my organization, which is Level 1 trauma center and has 40 operating room suites, we administer preoperative unfractionated heparin 5000 units SQ in the operating room when a patient gets to the room.
Thank you in advance!