Our pharmacists and registered nurses offer regular counseling and testing for patients taking anticoagulation medicines.
About the Program
Anticoagulation treatment helps prevent blood clots from occurring in people with certain health conditions. Atrial fibrillation, heart surgery and post-stroke are a few of the conditions that are treated with anticoagulation therapy.
The Anticoagulation Clinic is designed to improve patients' management of long- or short-term anticoagulation use. We hope you will come to regard this service as a safe, effective and convenient way to manage your warfarin (Coumadin) therapy.
Your First Visit
For your initial visit to the Anticoagulation Clinic, be prepared to provide the information listed below.
- The current dose, tablet strength and color of your warfarin (Coumadin).
- The name and dose of other medication you use, including over-the-counter medicine.
- The names of other diseases or conditions you are or have been treated for.
Because certain medications and diseases can affect how warfarin (Coumadin) works, knowing this information will help us to better manage your therapy. All information is confidential and kept in your clinic record.
When you come to the Anticoagulation Clinic for a routine visit, you will complete four steps:
- Check in at the outpatient pharmacy.
- The pharmacy will perform a finger stick for blood in order to monitor the INR results.
- You and a registered nurse will discuss your INR test result, and any questions you may have about warfarin (Coumadin) and the progress of your therapy.
- Based on your test results, changes may be made to your warfarin (Coumadin) dosing.
Information obtained during your visit, including your test results and any dose changes, is sent to your physician that same day. This way, your physician will remain up-to-date about the progress of your warfarin (Coumadin) therapy. Please contact a medical center pharmacist at 715-233-7500 with any questions about the program or your therapy.
All patients must be referred to the Anticoagulation Clinic by their physician and are seen by appointment only.