Acute Care Volume 22, Issue 9

Medication Safety Alert! May 4, 2017

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Problem: Certain medical devices may be manually or commercially coated with heparin to negate the aggressive biological response that occurs when blood contacts a foreign surface. These biological responses, which can have an adverse effect on device performance and the patient’s well-being, include platelet adhesion, platelet activation, fibrin production, thrombus formation, and other inflammatory responses. Examples of heparin-coated devices that help negate these responses include certain vascular access catheters and guidewires; drainage, retransfusion, or thermodilution catheters;...

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