example Emergency Care Letter
This example was adapted from that given in the book "A Guide to Living With von Willebrand Disease" by Renee Paper, RN and Laureen A. Kelley published by Aventis Behring Choice (www.AventisBehring.com/na)
DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT INFORMATION:
Acquired von Willebrand Disease (acquired
Synopsis: vWD is a bleeding disorder due to a deficiency or defect of the von Willebrand clotting factor. Main symptoms are prolonged mucocutaneous bleeding such as bruising, nosebleeds and prolonged bleeding following injury, surgery and dental work.
Mucous membrane bleeding (nosebleeds and oral bleeding)
– insert experience to date :
Patient must be pre-treated prior to
surgery or invasive procedures. Use less invasive
procedures whenever possible. Avoid nasal
intubation. Routine venipunctures do not require pre-treatment. Routine
coagulation testing such as PT/PTT/BT does not assist with the management of vWD. Avoid IM injections; IV and SQ are preferred.
aspirin and most NSAID’s as they interfere with platelet function.
HISTORY: (insert medical history with dates)
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