Preventing hemorrhage in high-risk hemodialysis: regional versus low-dose heparin.

  title={Preventing hemorrhage in high-risk hemodialysis: regional versus low-dose heparin.},
  author={Richard D. Swartz and Friedrich K. Port},
  journal={Kidney international},
  volume={16 4},
Hemodialysis in patients with increased risk for hemorrhage can be accomplished with either a regional or a low, total dose of heparin. In a prospective study of 69 series of dialyses performed on an alternating schedule of heparinization for each patient, bleeding complications during and immediately following dialysis occurred in 23 of 122 dialyses (19%) with regional heparin compared to 13 of 133 dialyses (10%) with low-dose heparin (P less than 0.05). The incidence of hemorrhage correlated… CONTINUE READING

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