Important information for anticoagulation clinic patients
Your first visit to the anticoagulation clinic will be 40 to 60 minutes in length and may be in a group setting with other “new to clinic” patients. Please bring your updated medication list to this appointment.
Your appointments thereafter will be approximately 15 to 30 minutes.
What we do:
- Help you get started as a new patient, providing in-depth education.
- Understand your health history, current medications and diet.
- Assist you in understanding anticoagulation therapy and your individual treatment plan.
- Provide nutrition and lifestyle recommendations.
- Perform International Normalized Ratio (INR) lab monitoring, via point-of-care (“finger-stick”) or blood draw, and adjust your warfarin dose as needed, based on the results.
- Discuss changes in diet, acute illnesses, and medications that could impact your therapy.
- Manage anticoagulation prescription refills to your preferred pharmacy.
- Coordinate anticoagulation therapy before and after surgeries and procedures.
- Provide after-hours care with an on-call nurse available in the evenings, on weekends and holidays.
When to call the anticoagulation clinic
Feel free to call if you have any questions about your warfarin therapy. We are here to help! Please call us for any of the issues below:
- You miss a dose of warfarin, or take too much
- Medication changes (starting, stopping or changing) to over-the-counter, prescribed (especially antibiotics and steroids) and vitamin supplements.
- Changes in the amount of vitamin K in your diet.
- Your warfarin tablet appears to be a different color when being refilled.
- You are pregnant or are planning to get pregnant.
- Bleeding (go to the emergency room or call 911 if uncontrollable).
- Any procedures coming up, including dental work.
- Any illness lasting longer than three days.
- More bruising than usual from trauma.
- A health care provider tells you to stop warfarin.
- You are receiving/plan to receive home health services for any reason (including physical therapy, occupational therapy or nursing services).
- You were admitted to a hospital or evaluated at an emergency department since you last visited the anticoagulation clinic.