-Heparin IV bolus 5000-10,000 Units (100 U/kg) IVP, then 1000-1500 U/h IV infusion (20 U/kg/h) [25,000 U in 500 mL D5W (50 U/mL)]. Check PTT 6 hours after initial bolus; adjust q6h until PTT to 1.5-2 times control (60-80 sec). Overlap heparin and Coumadin for at least 4 days and discontinue heparin when INR has been 2.0-3.0 for two consecutive days. -Enoxaparin (Lovenox) 1 mg/kg sq q12h for 5 days for uncomplicated pulmonary embolism. Overlap warfarin as outlined above.

-Warfarin (Coumadin) 5-10 mg PO qd for 2-3 d, then 2-5 mg PO qd. Maintain INR of 2.0-3.0. Coumadin is initiated on second day if the PTT is 1.5-2.0 times control. Check INR at initiation of warfarin and qd [tab 1, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.5, 10 mg]. Thrombolytics (indicated if hemodynamic compromise):

Baseline Labs: CBC, INR/PTT, fibrinogen q6h.

Alteplase (recombinant tissue plasminogen activator, Activase): 100 mg

IV infusion over 2 hours, followed by heparin infusion at 15 U/kg/h to maintain PTT 1.5-2.5 x control OR

Streptokinase (Streptase): Pretreat with methylprednisolone 250 mg IV push and diphenhydramine (Benadryl) 50 mg IV push. Then give streptokinase, 250,000 units IV over 30 min, then 100,000 units/h for 24-72 hours. Initiate heparin infusion at 10 U/kg/hour; maintain PTT 1.5-2.5 x control.

10. Symptomatic Medications:

-Meperidine (Demerol) 25-100 mg IV prn pain.

-Docusate sodium (Colace) 100 mg PO qhs.

-Ranitidine (Zantac) 150 mg PO bid.

11. Extras: CXR PA and LAT, ECG, VQ scan; pulmonary angiography; Doppler scan of lower extremities.

12. Labs: CBC, INR/PTT, SMA7, ABG, cardiac enzymes. Protein C, protein S, antithrombin III, anticardiolipin antibody. UA . PTT 6 hours after bolus and q4-6h. INR at initiation of warfarin and qd.

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