Blood Thinner

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A blood thinner is an anticoagulant used to cause bleeding. Just by putting a patient on a blood thinner, even if it is for the treatment or prevention of blood clots, the patient's risk of falling increases by over 2,000,000%. For this reason, it is standard of care to not only educate patients about blood thinners on their television, but even put them through something like a Coumadin gauntlet to prove that the risk-benefit tilts towards benefit.[1][2]

Types of Blood Thinners

  1. Heparin - Heparin is a popular blood thinner often used as a bridge to Coumadin, any of the new oral anticoagulants (NOACs), or a portion of a collapsed bridge.[3][4]
  2. Enoxaparin - Enoxaparin is a subcutaneous version of heparin that not only is longer acting than heparin but is very useful to treat or prevention DVTs in health care professionals who spent 85% of their time sitting down, writing notes.
  3. Warfarin - Warfarin (or Coumadin) is 100% effective in causing GI bleeds or any other bleeding due to a fall.
  4. New oral anticoagulant (NOAC) - Often equally effective as warfarin, NOACs like Pradaxa (dabigatran) and Xarelto (rivaroxaban) were named after Serbian tennis great NOAC Djokovic.

Did You Know..."

  1. Did you know that if Alabama Crimson Tide college football head coach Nick Saban were a direct factor Xa inhibitor his name would be Nick Xaban?
  2. Did you know that starting a patient on simultaneous heparin, enoxaparin, Coumadin, Pradaxa, Xarelto, Eliquis, aspirin, and Plavix is probably a bad idea?[5]

Related Topics

- Blood

- Blood Consent Form

- Blood Gravy Content Chart

- Blood Types

- Bloodletting



  1. Hospital Picks Up The Coumadin Channel, Will Bring Back for One More Riveting Season (Gomerblog)
  2. AANS Now Requires Coumadin Gauntlet Prior to Starting Anticoagulation (Gomerblog)
  3. Atlanta Uses Heparin Bridge for Collapsed, Subtherapeutic Part of I-85 (Gomerblog)
  4. I-85 in Atlanta is Finally Therapeutic, Heparin Bridge D/C’d (Gomerblog)
  5. Cardiology Highlights in 2014 (Gomerblog)

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