Can you tell me if you have a magic number you follow in your facility for the minimum platelet count that you will place a PICC line for a patient with Heparin induced thrombocytopenia. Thank you in advance. Robin
It is important to remember that HIT is an immunological problem, not a bleeding problem. Yes, the immune response is decreasing the platelet count, but bleeding is not the problem. Clotting is the problem. So I would not be concerned about placing a PICC in a patient known to have HIT.
Lynn Hadaway, M.Ed., RN, BC, CRNI
Lynn Hadaway Associates, Inc.
126 Main Street, PO Box 10
Milner, GA 30257
Office Phone 770-358-7861