Be Aware of When Missed or Late Doses May Lead to Patient Harm

When is medication timing critical?

"Time-critical" meds are those that may cause harm if doses aren't given according to their intended schedule. Keep these issues in mind.

Too close together. Anticoagulants given too close together can cause bleeding...but be careful when switching too. For example, delay a heparin drip at least 12 hours after an enoxaparin 1 mg/kg dose.

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