Know When to Hold Antithrombotics Around Regional Anesthesia
You'll hear about appropriate use of antithrombotics around epidurals or spinals...due to updated regional anesthesia guidelines.
Spinal or epidural hematomas from regional anesthesia are rare, but can lead to paralysis. Hematoma risk goes up when antithrombotics are given around the time of catheter insertion or removal.
Verify safety checks...EHR alerts, presurgery checklists, etc. And consider these strategies...along with patient and operative risks.