Clinicians with special training in anticoagulation therapy will help you manage your anticoagulation medication. The number of times you will be seen will depend on your plan of care.
Patient education is a major part of this service. You will learn about:
- The need for anticoagulation therapy
- Laboratory monitoring
- Side effects
- Drug and diet interactions
- When to seek medical attention
At each appointment, the clinician will monitor your INR, which is a blood test that measures how long it takes blood to clot and whether medication to prevent blood clots is working. A machine will show your results within two minutes using one drop of blood. The clinician will look for any signs or symptoms of bleeding or thromboembolism.
At the end of each visit, a report will be sent to your doctor. If the results of the INR are very high or low, the clinician will contact your doctor before you leave. If the dose of medication needs to be adjusted, you will be counseled before leaving.
Coumadin® (also known as Warfarin) Education Plan
Understanding Coumadin (also known as Warfarin) Brochure
Warfarin and You Video