Anticoagulation Clinic Services at Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse
Our clinic uses a team approach (consisting of you, your doctor, and a registered nurse) to best manage your anticoagulation therapy. Our team’s goal is to make sure your use of medications like warfarin or coumadin is effective. We will also work to lessen the risk of complications that sometimes may come with using these medications.
Family members of Anticoagulation Clinic (ACC) patients are always welcome at appointments so that an appropriate “circle” of loved ones may also understand your treatment plan. Questions are welcome at any time, either at appointments or by phone.
Your physician will complete a written referral to the Anticoagulation Clinic if he or she believes your condition warrants. You will be contacted by a nurse from the ACC and an initial appointment will be scheduled.
The ACC Nurse Staff
Once enrolled in the ACC your relationship with the clinic registered nurses will involve the following steps/activities:
- Perform a blood test (INR) by obtaining a drop of blood from your finger.
- Make adjustments to your warfarin or coumadin dose based on the results of this test.
- Instruct you in the medication dosage and how to take it safely.
- Help you understand how your diet affects your medication‘s effectiveness.
- Help you be aware of warning signs and other indicators while taking anticoagulants.
- Help you to know what to do if you are ill or injured.
The nurse will record your information in your electronic medical record for your physician to view.
Your Regular Physician
The Anticoagulation Clinic does not take the place of your regular physician visits for routine care or illness. Your physician will always be the director of your ongoing medical care. In partnership with your regular physician, the registered nurse will:
- conduct the routine management of your anticoagulation care,
- make adjustments in your therapy according to protocols adapted by your physician, and
- be an additional resource for you.
If at any time your condition requires a physician’s care, the nurse will contact your physician on your behalf.
Patients are asked to contact ACC staff with questions or concerns about their therapy. Patients should also contact the ACC in any of the following instances: visits to the Emergency Department; hospitalizations; introduction of new antibiotics; or changes in diet.
Hours and Location:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday
Second floor of the La Crosse Campus Clinic Building
Please call 608-392-4600