Heparin induced thrombocytopenia with mechanical circulatory support devices: review of the literature and management considerations

Whether for temporary or long term use, mechanical circulatory support (MCS) has seen increased utilization and interest over the past several years. Even though these devices innately cause thrombocytopenia, co-administration of heparin anticoagulation carries the risk for heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT). This poses challenges for practitioners as… CONTINUE READING