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06.07 Heparin

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Generic Name

heparin

Trade Name

Hep-Lock

Indication

Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis and treatment, low dose used to ensure patency of IV catheters

Action

increases the inhibitory effect of antithrombin on factor Xa

Therapeutic Class

anticoagulant

Pharmacologic Class

antithrombotic

Nursing Considerations

• monitor for signs of bleeding
• monitor platelet count
• may cause hyperkalemia
• have patient report any signs of bleeding

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