Submitted by Margy Galloway, Vascular Access specialist on Tue Jan 15 03:24:30 2008
Today I was ask to help withÂ some education for a patient whoÂ just had a Port placed.
In reviewing his chart the first thing I noted was that he was allergic to heparin.Â When reviewing this with the pt he wasÂ
unable to tell me what happens when he received heparin.Â He related a story about being in the hospital
and after receivingÂ heparin,Â it made him bleed too much so his doctor told him "he was allergic to heparin".
Unfortunatley his medical records are in another state and will take some time to obtain.Â I have packed him for now with
Cathflo.Â I am wondering what you have experienced with heparin allergies.Â Are you able to switch to "pork" heparin vs
"beef" heparin or vice versa?Â If he really has HIT what do you pack Ports with, and how much, how often...
Need your help.Â Â Thanks in advance.Â