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Originator: CMO Messaging

From: CMO Messaging

Issue date: 23-Dec-2020 14:24:09

This alert has been issued to:
  • MHRA (Medicines) Drug Alerts (Various Recipients)
  • Other contacts
  • Independent Healthcare Providers (registered with CAS)
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • NHS Foundation Trusts (England) - Medical Director
  • NHS Foundation Trusts (England) - Chief Executive
  • Special Health Authorities
  • NHS Trusts (England) - Medical Director
  • CMO Urgent Messages - Non-NHS Recipients on Public Health Link
  • MHRA (Medicines) Drug Alerts - Non-NHS Recipients
  • Territorial CMOs in Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales
  • Regional Directors of Public Health
  • Consultants in Communicable Diseases
  • CMO Urgent Messages - Recipients on Public Health Link
  • Director of Public Health
  • NHS Trusts (England) - Chief Executive

Action category: Action

Title: Therapeutic Anticoagulation (Heparin) in the Management of Severe COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 Positive) Patients

Broadcast content: Therapeutic dose of either unfractionated heparin (UFH) or subcutaneous low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) should not be offered in the treatment of patients with COVID-19, unless there is a standard indication for therapeutic anti-coagulation, such as the acute management of acute deep vein thromboses or pulmonary emboli, or as part of a clinical trial. Continue to use pharmacological VTE prophylaxis in COVID-19 pneumonia, unless contraindicated, with a standard prophylactic dose (for acutely ill medical patients) of low molecular weight heparin (LMWH). The alert contains additional information. Please note that no response is required via the CAS website for this alert.

Additional information: This alert is not relevant for primary care.

Alert reference: CEM/CMO/2020/042


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