Category: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Keywords: alteplase, pulmonary embolism (PubMed Search)
Posted: 7/6/2019 by Wesley Oliver
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Alteplase may be considered in some patients with a presumed or confirmed pulmonary embolism. Below is a list of the different patient populations and the associated alteplase dosing.
-Hemodynamically Stable/Submassive: Alteplase usually not indicated.
-Hemodynamically Unstable/Massive: Alteplase IV 100 mg as an infusion over 2 hours.
-Cardiac Arrest: Alteplase IV/IO 50 mg bolus over 2 minutes. Can repeat a second 50 mg bolus 15 minutes later if unable to achieve return of spontaneous circulation.
Alteplase. Lexicomp. UpToDate. Waltham, MA: UpToDate Inc. Available at: https://www.uptodate.com. Accessed on July 6, 2019.
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