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Heparin Induced Thrombocytopaenia

Heparin induced thrombocytopeniaThe Primary ( ) and Final () FRCA examinations require an extensive knowledge of coagulation. We have therefore written a new educational resource section on the subject of Heparin Induced Thrombocytopaenia. The tutorials have been tailored to the FRCA syllabus and we have also added some past questions relevant to these topics.

Click on the links below to access the articles in this resource section. 

 Primary FRCA Syllabus

Physiology and Biochemistry

  Red blood cells: haemoglobin and its variants. Blood groups….Haemostasis and coagulation…

Anaesthesia and resuscitation

 Management of massive haemorrhage, volume expansion, blood transfusion (hazards including incompatibility reaction)...  

Q. Primary Viva Question

Describe your perioperative management of a patient who takes warfarin presenting for sugery. What complications of heparin therapy are you aware of?

 Final FRCA Syllabus

Applied Physiology

 Blood groups...alternative oxygen carrying solutions...abnormalities of coagulation and haemostasis...abnormal haemoglobins…sickle cell disease…thalassaemia…

Intensive Care Medicine

 Haematological disorders to include coagulopathies… 

Q. Final Viva Question

Discuss your management of a patient with Heparin Induced Thrombocytopaenia on the Intensive Care Unit

HIT articles

Diagnosis of HIT
Temporal features of HIT
4 Ts
Treatment of HIT


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