The cardiovascular surgery team claims that the patient’s current platelet count renders her at high risk for occluding her graft or developing a stroke. They are pressuring you to treat the patient with an anti-platelet agent or an anticoagulant. In addition to treating the underlying infection, what would you recommend?
The following is an excerpt from the hematology consultation note:
The patient’s platelet count decreased over the next several days reaching normal levels 8 days later. She was discharged home with a normal complete blood count.