Blood Clots - Deep Vein Thombosis : Nursing Course


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The most common treatment for deep vein thrombosis is:

blood thinners (anti-coagulants)

Rationale: There are a variety of ways to treat a blood clot, the most common being the administration of blood thinners. Blood thinners reduce the bloods ability to clot. The goal of blood thinners is to keep a current clot from growing, break up existing clots, and to prevent the formation of new clots. Loading doses of blood thinners are given when a DVT is diagnosed, then continue to be administered until the blood clotting abilities are at a therapeutic level. The amount of medication given, as well as the length of time they are needed will vary by patient, depending if the clot is related to a chronic or acute condition.


A patient that is at high risk of developing a DVT is one that has recently:

broken their leg

Rationale: There are numerous factors that can increase a persons risk of developing blood clots. A recent broken bone or injury to a leg increases the risk of developing a blood clot in that extremity, and a complaint of pain should not be ignored. Other factors that increase a persons risk of developing a blood clot include old age, surgery, immobilization for long periods of time, oral contraceptives, and pregnancy.


An invasive procedure in which a catheter is inserted into a vein, and a clot-busting medication is applied directly onto a clot is:

catheter-directed thrombolysis

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A patient that has had a DVT will often times continue on anti-coagulant therapy at home, usually a pill called:

Coumadin

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The formation of a blood clot in the a deep vein, predominately the legs, is a:

deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

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A blood clot that breaks loose from the vein and travels through the body is a:

embolus

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The most common anti-coagulant given for DVT in the hospital setting is:

Heparin

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Patient that are on Coumadin require a blood test called:

PT/INR

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A blood clot that travels to the lungs is a:

pulmonary embolism

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Definitive diagnosis of a DVT can only be done by:

radiology imaging

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