First Things First (assess for and treat the following)
- Definition: platelet count of < 150 x 109/L. In the case of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT), a 50% reduction in platelet count is also considered significant.
- Is patient actively bleeding?
- Is patient about to undergo surgery or an invasive procedure?
- Is patient at risk for spontaneous bleeding?
- If so, see “General Management Principles” section.
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