Category: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Keywords: anticoagulation, warfarin, heparin, bridge, DVT (PubMed Search)
Do you have a patient with renal insufficiency who is in need of an anticoagulation bridge to warfarin? Subcutaneous unfractionated heparin (UFH) as an initial dose of 333 Units/kg subcutaneously followed by a fixed dose of 250 Units/kg (actual body weight) every 12 hours may be an alternative to admission for heparin infusion with monitoring.
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Morris TA, Jacobson A, Marsh JJ, et al. Pharmacokinetics of UH and LMWH are similar with respect to antithrombin activity. Thromb Res 2005; 115:45-51. [PMID 15567452]
Holbrook A, Schulman S, Witt DM, et al. Evidence-based management of anticoagulant therapy: antithrombotic therapy and prevention of thrombosis, 9th ed: American College of Chest Physicians evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. CHEST 2012; 141(2)(Suppl):e152S-e184S. [PMID 22315259]
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