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LuckyTiger
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Shots In Stomach Now Standard Procedure If You Are Hospitalized?
Anyone heard of this? Medical pros?

Recently I’ve known two people who were hospitalized here in Atlanta GA. One was there for two days and received a shot in the stomach each day to prevent blood clots, she was told.

The other was admitted for abdominal pain and was in the hospital for three days. He likewise received a shot in the stomach each day. The nurse told him it was standard procedure for everyone now. If you are in the hospital, you are getting a shot in the stomach to prevent risk of blood clots. He said this became the norm a couple years ago.


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Shot through the heart, and you’re to blame
You give love a bad name.


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I play my part while you play your game


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xxTIMMYxx
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You can decline, but it seems like standard procedure now if you are just laying there for a few days. Hell, they gave me a prescription for this when I broke my ankle because they knew I would be laying in bed. It’s been offered almost every time I’ve been in the hospital.


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Yes it's pretty much standard protocol for people in the hospital unless you're up and walking around.

Heparin is given prophylactically to patients as a method to prevent blood clots from forming in the legs for patients that are not mobile or have decreased mobility from their baseline prior to admission. It's been a standard of practice for more than a decade


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Heparin is often given after surgery, particularly in patients who remain hospitalized for several days after surgery, to prevent blood clots from forming. Patients who are unable to get out of bed in the days following surgery are at greater risk of forming clots, making heparin a commonly used drug in intensive care units. For these patients, heparin is often given every eight to twelve hours around the clock, in an effort to reduce the risk of a life-threatening pulmonary embolism or clot. Kidney function will often determine how often heparin can safely be given to prevent clots.

Heparin is given subcutaneously, meaning it is injected into the body in an area such as the abdomen, and can also be given intravenously (IV). There is no oral form of heparin, but some other blood thinners can be given in a tablet form.

Lovenox, which is low molecular weight Heparin, is also frequently used after surgery and is used instead of Heparin, not with Heparin. Lovenox is given as an injection.
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xxTIMMYxx

Hell, they gave me a prescription for this when I broke my ankle because they knew I would be laying in bed. It’s been offered almost every time I’ve been in the hospital.
Interesting. Did you take them up on it after the ankle break or decline the prescription?
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LuckyTiger
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re: Shots In Stomach Now Standard Procedure If You Are Hospitalized?
Why the stomach?


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re: Shots In Stomach Now Standard Procedure If You Are Hospitalized?
Not really the stomach. It’s a tiny needle in the fat of your lower abdomen by belly button


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Why the stomach?


It has to be given in the subcutaneous tissue. Easiest access place for this spot is the abdomen (lots of fat cells in the subq layer there)

Another option is the back of the upper arm by your triceps


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Passing Wind
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Why the stomach?

It’s that or the butt. If you prefer the butt we won’t judge
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Pierre
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re: Shots In Stomach Now Standard Procedure If You Are Hospitalized?
Yet people are afraid of this vaccine. I’ll take this random medicine I know nothing about but won’t take this vaccine cause uhhh masks


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In all seriousness it was discovered in 1916 and in use since the early 30’s. It’s not like it was just discovered last month.


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DarthRebel
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re: Shots In Stomach Now Standard Procedure If You Are Hospitalized?
Better than a suppository


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Clots have been the main killer of younger people with covid.


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SneakyWaff1es
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random medicine I know nothing about
Lovenox and heparin have been around for decades. They're known to be safe. If you don't know what they are, there's plenty of data for you to go read.
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people are afraid of this vaccine.
Two of those are not only new but a brand new type of vaccine. They haven't been studied that much. There's very limited data on them. It's pretty easy to see why someone would be uneasy about taking them.


JimmyMcGoo
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Better than a suppository

Speak for yourself.


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CamdenTiger
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re: Shots In Stomach Now Standard Procedure If You Are Hospitalized?
Everyone should be getting 40mg lovenox, subQ(belly or thigh, shoulder) daily; if they are significantly sick, bed bound, or going to be static( like during surgery). DVT prevention is done mainly as a prevention; because risk assessment. Pulmonary embolism is imminently fatal, and Hospitals want to reduce liability, as well as prevention of serious complications, so it’s just a necessary part or routine medicine, sorry, is what it is. Have them put an ice pack on area prior to injection, that numbs the pain


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re: Shots In Stomach Now Standard Procedure If You Are Hospitalized?
My six pac wont allow it, but yep they do, and yep it hurts.


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When in Rome
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re: Shots In Stomach Now Standard Procedure If You Are Hospitalized?
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belly or thigh, shoulder
Does the patient get to pick which spot?


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re: Shots In Stomach Now Standard Procedure If You Are Hospitalized?
Thanks for all the answers.

So it sounds like the choice of belly is just for convenience and the injection could be given in the butt or elsewhere.


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