📖 – Pharmacy Newsletter February 2019

Holding Antithrombotics Around Regional Anesthesia:

You’ll hear about appropriate use of antithrombotics around epidurals or spinals due to updated regional anesthesia guidelines.

Spinal or epidural hematomas from regional anesthesia are rare but can lead to paralysis. Hematoma risk goes up when antithrombotics are given around the time of catheter insertion or removal.

Consider the following strategies, along with patient and operative risks when making decisions on the use of anticoagulants around regional anesthesia.

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