Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Cardiothoracic Surgery


Dr Elyse Watkins


The purpose of this article is to review the screening tools in diagnosing heparin induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) rapidly and prevent or lessen the significant morbidity and potential mortality associated with this diagnosis. In reviewing current screening guidelines, it is provider dependent on when screening is performed. Oftentimes a HIT diagnosis is not identified until after significant morbidity has occurred, so improving the incidence of proper diagnosis is crucial in improving survival and avoiding poor outcomes.


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