The anticoagulation clinic is available to people under the care of a Scripps Clinic doctor. It helps to monitor patients who are prescribed medications such as warfarin and low molecular weight heparin.
Pharmacists manage the anticoagulation clinic. They collaborate with physicians and communicate with patients to prevent adverse drug events.
Anticoagulants are used to treat and prevent blood clots in patients who have mechanical heart valves or conditions such as atrial fibrillation, deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism. Serious bleeding complications can occur while taking anticoagulant medication. Careful monitoring is necessary in order to provide safe and effective treatment.
The anticoagulation clinic strives to optimize patient care by:
- Closely monitoring INR (international normalized ratio) blood test results
- Adjusting medication dosage
- Providing education about anticoagulant usage
- Monitoring for potential drug/diet interactions
Patients who take warfarin must have blood tests regularly to prevent bleeding and clotting complications.
- Blood testing is available at all Scripps Health labs across San Diego County.