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Why are you being given heparin?
Are you still in the hospital?
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This may be more of a logistics issue than anything else. While you can always ask, remember that it is not the surgeon giving you your dose, it will be your nurse. The entire dose would need to be converted for IV use. That would be more the case of patients needing therapeutic heparin such as a heparin drip.
The other issue is whether a nurse can push IV heparin at that institution. I know there are strict regulation regarding pushing any blood thinning agents, especially in patients who may be prone to bleeding such as those prone to falling and post surgical patients.
I would ask your surgeon why you need heparin at all. If you are post surgery, up and ambulating, or at least moving from the bed to the chair, I'm not entirely sure I see the need to continue the heparin (it may just be a goofy hospital policy).
I hope this helps,
It is hospital policy for post-surgery patients to receive heparin injections subcutaneously to prevent blood clots.
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