Heparin

 

INDICATIONS:

  • Anticoagulation Therapy

ADMINISTRATION:

  • IV

DOSAGE:

ADULT:

  • 5000 units IV/IO
  • OLMC if not alert and unresponsive

PEDIATRIC:

  • NOT INDICATED

THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS:

  • Heparin is an anticoagulant that directly inhibits thrombin

 RELATIVE CONTRAINDICATIONS:

  • Severe thrombocytopenia
  • Uncontrollable active bleeding

 SIDE EFFECTS:

No immediate side effects except hypersensitivity reaction.  Late side effects include minor or major hemorrhage, including intracerebral hemorrhage.