Many people need to take anticoagulation medications to help prevent excess blood clotting. Coumadin (Warfarin) is commonly prescribed for these patients and requires close monitoring. Illnesses, many medications and some foods influence Coumadin’s effect on blood clotting. Regular blood testing and dose adjustments are necessary to avoid bleeding while still preventing undesired clotting. Some patients need frequent medication adjustments. That’s where the expertise of the Coumadin Clinic at Georgetown Community Hospital comes in!
A Typical Anticoagulation Appointment
Our service is staffed by nurse clinicians with advanced clinical training in anticoagulation management. During your visit, you can expect the following:
- A visit taking approximately 10-15 minutes
- A finger stick blood draw (your INR)
- Discussion with the nurse during which you receive your blood test result, go over any issues related to taking Coumadin, and receive dosing directions.
- Additional education (if needed) along with a print-out summary of the INR result and planned dosing
- Your next appointment date and time
If you are new to the anticoagulation service, extra time will be spent with you as coordination of your specific needs for Coumadin/Warfarin therapy warrant.
Frequently Asked Questions about Anticoagulation Treatment
To learn more about our Coumadin Clinic, talk to your primary care provider or give us a call at 502-868-5633.
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