The Anticoagulation Clinic is a service established to monitor and manage the medication(s) that you take to prevent blood clots. Physically, it is a specified location within a hospital or a medical office that is staffed by Pharmacists, Nurse Practitioners, and/or Registered Nurses. This group of providers, working in conjunction with your physician, will test your blood and adjust your dose of warfarin (Coumadin ® or Jantoven ®) as well as other medicines that may be needed (such as heparin shots or Vitamin K, the antidote to coumadin).
The Anticoagulation Clinic's primary goal is to minimize and prevent adverse events and hospitalizations related to complications from anticoagulation therapy while maximizing patient benefits. The clinic also strives to develop well-informed, compliant patients by providing comprehensive, ongoing education. The clinic provides consistent follow-up and communication with the referring or primary physician.
The clinic is staffed by professionals with specialized training in anticoagulation management with Physician Medical Director oversight. Through a comprehensive process which includes on-site laboratory testing using venous blood with immediate results, the clinic monitors the patient's therapy and adjusts dosages according to protocol to maintain a therapeutic International Normalized Ratio (INR). At each clinic visit, the provider also monitors patients for hemorrhagic and thromboembolic complications and provides patient education regarding the safe use of anticoagulation therapy. The provider serves as a resource for physicians to assist in the stabilization of patient's anticoagulation therapy.
Benefits to physicians:
•Consistent and systematic patient management.
•Utilizing approved protocols.
•Consistent and systematic patient follow-up.
•Minimize physician time in routine activities.
•Assessment of hemorrhagic and thromboembolic complications.
Benefits to patients:
•Comprehensive, ongoing patient education and communication.
•Consistent and prompt INR monitoring.
•Prompt dosage adjustments.
•Intervention for drug interactions.
Patients may be followed upon written referral from a physician. For more information or to schedule an appointment at the Health Learning Center's Anticoagulation Clinic, please call 719-776-3600. Physician referrals may be faxed to 719-776-3610.