NCLEX Review: Heparin – An Injectable Anti-Coagulant
Heparin is the most commonly used injectable anticoagulant. It is an injectable blood thinner used to treat and prevent the formation of clots and the extension of existing clots within the blood. As you prepare to take the NCLEX exam, brush up on your knowledge of Heparin with us. In this video we will discuss various aspects of the anti-coagulant you will need to know for the NCLEX test, including: what it is given for, what the aPTT is used to evaluate, what the most common adverse effect is along with possible side effects, when patients should not be given Heparin, Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT) and what to do in the case of an overdose.