Be Prepared if Your Hospital Switches to the New Premixed Bivalirudin
New premixed bivalirudin drips may save time and help prevent compounding errors.
But you'll need to plan ahead...since they come frozen. For example, work with your cath lab to determine how much bivalirudin they'll need each day.
Build in a cushion for unexpected orders...such as for heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. And keep in mind that most patients in non-procedural areas will need about 250 to 500 mg per 24-hour period.