Wednesday, February 22nd, 1:00PM EDT

Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT): Practical Aspects of Clinical and Laboratory Diagnosis

Sponsored by: Diagnostica Stago, Inc.
  • Russell J. Eiliers, MD Endowed Professor and Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine - University of Kansas School of Medicine (KUMC)

Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT): Practical Aspects of Clinical and Laboratory Diagnosis

Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT) is a life-threatening complication following heparin exposure. The webinar presentation will discuss the pathogenesis, incidence, clinical and laboratory diagnosis, as well as management of HIT.

The first step in thwarting devastating complications from this complication is to maintain a high index of clinical suspicion by an accurate clinical scoring assessment using the 4T’s (thrombocytopenia, timing of platelet count fall, thrombosis or other sequelae, and no apparent other causes for thrombocytopenia). Next, appropriate stepwise laboratory testing must be performed in order to rule out HIT or establish the diagnosis. In the interim, all heparin must be stopped immediately, and patient should be offered alternative anticoagulation.

This webinar will focus more on the practical aspects of clinical and laboratory diagnosis of HIT.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe the role of antibody against PF4/heparin complexes in pathogenesis of HIT
  • Learn the clinical and laboratory criteria for screening and diagnosis of HIT
  • Describe the advantages and potential pitfalls of various laboratory tests for diagnosis of HIT
  • Understand the diagnosis and management algorithm for HIT in routine practice
LabRoots is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program. By attending this webinar, you can earn 1 Continuing Education credit once you have viewed the webinar in its entirety.  CE credits are available for this webinar up to 2 years from the date of the live broadcast.

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