Coumadin Clinic, serves all of the anticoagulated patients. Anticoagulants are often called “blood thinners” because these types of medicines work on the clotting system in the body to help prevent the formation of blood clots.
Anticoagulants are prescribed for a variety of conditions, and regular monitoring and adjustments are necessary to make sure each condition is appropriately treated. Patients must be referred to the Coumadin Clinic by the Healthcare provider who is prescribing the blood thinners or who is serving as the patient’s primary care provider. The clinic works in close contact with any referring healthcare providers. This helps to ensure that patients on these medicines are closely followed in an effort to reduce the risk of complications, such as bleeding, from the medicine.
The patients who are referred for care by Heart of Texas Healthcare System Coumadin Clinic are anticoagulated with Coumadin (warfarin sodium). This blood thinner requires regular blood testing of the International Normalized Ratio (INR) level. This blood test tells the healthcare provider how much or how little the medicine is working to prevent blood clots. The Coumadin Clinic / AMS provides INR testing using state-of-the-art instruments. The INR test usually requires only a simple finger stick blood draw, and the result is available within seconds. As soon as the results are available, the Coumadin Clinic health care provider has a face-to-face visit with the patient where the results are discussed. A bleeding risk assessment is conducted, education is provided, and adjustment of medicine dosing, if necessary, is determined. Prior to leaving the office, the patient is provided with written instructions about what was discussed during the visit, and when to return for future testing.
The referring healthcare provider is contacted immediately about any potential problems the Coumadin Clinic health care provider discovers at the time of the visit. The INR results are sent to the referring healthcare provider at the end of each visit.
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