Spectrum Health's anticoagulation toolkit is a new resource for the management of warfarin (Coumadin®). Our goal is to establish more uniform care, maximizing the benefits of warfarin and minimizing the risks associated with its use.
Based on data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, warfarin is a medication commonly involved in adverse drug events. These events are a result of the complexity of dosing and monitoring, patient compliance, and the numerous drug and dietary interactions that can affect medication levels. Warfarin also is one of our most effective medicines for reducing risks of thromboembolic events.
Physician offices are not required to use this toolkit, but we feel it is important to make the information available to any practice involved in the management of warfarin. The toolkit is divided into five sections: patient education, reference materials, point-of-care testing, office documentation and competency quiz.
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