Expect More Orders for "Antifibrinolytic" Meds to Reduce Surgical Bleeding

You'll see more orders for "antifibrinolytic" meds...to reduce blood loss during surgeries and the need for transfusions.

Aminocaproic acid (Amicar, etc) is most commonly used for reducing bleeding in heart surgery patients.

Expect to see aminocaproic acid ordered as a preoperative IV bolus dose...followed by an infusion during surgery.

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