Bleeding Time

 Bleeding time assess the overall hemostatic function (platelet response to injury and vasoconstrictive ability).

Indication for Bleeding Time

  • Useful in detecting disorders of platelet function.

Nursing Considerations for Bleeding Time

  • Assess and validate that the client has not been receiving anticoagulants, aspirin, or aspirin-containing products for 3 days prior to the test.
  • Inform the client that punctures are made to measure the time it takes for bleeding to stop.
  • Apply pressure dressing to clients with bleeding tendencies after the procedure.

Normal Values for Bleeding Time

  • Duke method: 1 to 3 minutes
  • Ivy method: 3 to 6 minutes