Update on the Treatment of Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia

Author(s): Sheriff Gbadamosi, PharmD, BCCCP, Kristin L. Feick, PharmD, BCPS

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Pharmacology Hours 1.00

Expires Sep 01, 2026

Topics: MultiSystem

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

The use of unfractionated heparin and low-molecular-weight heparin remains widespread for the treatment and prevention of various thromboembolic disorders. Benefits of unfractionated heparin include its quick onset of action, short half-life, ease of monitoring, and reversibility. Low-molecular-weight heparin has the additional advantages of more predictable anticoagulant activity, less frequent monitoring, and potential use in the ambulatory setting. Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is a potentially life-threatening complication of heparin exposure associated with potential thrombosis, limb gangrene and amputation, and death. The incidence of HIT ranges from less than 0.1% to 5% of patients and varies according to patient factors. The risk is highest in patients receiving unfractionated heparin (as opposed to low molecular weight heparin), those undergoing cardiac surgery, and those receiving therapeutic doses.


  • Describe the pathophysiology behind heparin-induced thrombocytopeni
  • Identify pertinent diagnostic criteria for diagnosis of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia
  • Analyze anticoagulation options for patients with heparin-induced thrombocytopenia

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