Managing Anticoagulation Coumadin® (Warfarin) Therapy
Coumadin is a medication that prevents blood from clotting where it’s not supposed to. Many national safety organizations have labeled Coumadin as a high-risk drug because it is not a “one-size-fits-all” type of medication. Our clinics help to assure that patients use it safely and receive optimum benefits from the drug.
Clinics to Help Patients Understand and Manage Treatment
Since Coumadin is affected by diet, medications, activity level and other factors, everyone reacts to the medication differently. In fact a wide variety of doses may be needed. Southwest General provides outpatient Coumadin Clinics to educate patients about the drug and to help reduce the risk for complications. Clinic services include:
Point-of-Care (POC) testing
Individualized counseling and feedback regarding anticoagulation levels
Minimizing the Risk of Complications
Patients enrolled in the Coumadin Clinics receive printed patient education materials as well as a video and individual consultation with a pharmacist. Family members and caregivers receive this information as well.
Additionally, patients receive regular checkups where blood tests using a simple finger stick are used. A venipuncture lab draw, where blood is taken from veins, is not necessary. The convenient fingerstick process is similar to the way diabetics test their blood sugar level. This provides results that are available within one to two minutes.
Based on test results, if a dosing change is needed, it is done immediately. To help ensure that patients take this complicated medication, they receive a calendarcard explaining the change in dose. The more our patients know about Coumadin, the less risk for complications.
Taking Part in the Clinics
Our Coumadin Clinics are open to any patient on the drug.
Prescribing physicians must fax areferral to 440-816-6688 or call 440-816-6743. The referral should contain a prescription with the following information:
Referring physician name
Date next INR is needed
Demographic sheet, including insurance information
Anticoagulation flow sheet
The prescribing physician will be notified after every patient visit and will receive a hard copy of the INR result and a visit summary. This information with visit comments also will be available to physicians on Southwest General’s computer system under POC INR.
Patients coming to the Coumadin Clinics for their first visit should bring the following information:
Current insurance card
Medicines and/or medication list
If needed, request for Coumadin(warfarin) refills
A list of any questions for the pharmacist
Services rendered are billed through Southwest General. Any statements or bills are sent by Southwest General’s Patient Accounting Department. Coumadin Clinic services are covered by Medicare and most insurances programs. Patients are encouraged to call their insurer to check coverage prior to making an appointment.
We Look Forward to Helping You
Our Coumadin Clinics are in two convenient locations.
Southwest General’s main campus
Third floor of Building B
18697 Bagley Road
Southwest General’s Brunswick Medical Center
4065 Center Road
Brunswick (building next to City Hall)
Surface-level parking is free.
For more information about our Coumadin Clinics or to schedule an appointment, please call 440-816-6743. If you need to cancel or re-schedule an appointment, please call us as soon as possible so that we may offer that time to another patient.