An Overview of Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia
Thromboembolic disorders are a common cause or morbidity and mortality. Heparin is an anticoagulant and has been used for over 50 years for these disorders and has saved millions of patients. Unfortunately, an adverse reaction to Heparin has also ended lives of patients as well. There is an educational need to increase healthcare provider’s awareness of Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT) and to rapidly identify and treat this patient population.

Course Publication Date: January 08, 2012

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Author:Kathy Mattson RN, BSN
Course No:HIT123011
Contact Hours:1.00
Delivery Method:Online Self Study
Category:Medical & Surgical Issues (0.50 Contact Hours)
Pharmacology (0.50 Contact Hours)

NOTE: The course expired on 12/31/2013.

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Learning Objectives
  • Review the Types of Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia.
  • Describe Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia, causes and incidence.
  • Discuss risk factors and patient presentation.
  • Discuss the various lab tests available to help diagnose HIT.
  • List treatments and preventions.


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