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Here are some books and literature on anticoagulation practices and guidelines that you might helpful in making your clinic or practice more successful.

Handbook of Oral Anticoagulation (Dec 2013)

This book covers a wide range of disorders such as atrial fibrillation, artificial heart valves, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and stroke. Handbook of Oral Anticoagulation aims to provide an accessible overview of the exciting new developments in this field. Incorporating numerous quick-reference tables and figures and fully referenced throughout to key papers and the latest reviews, it will be a useful resource for all healthcare professionals involved in thromboprophylaxis. Read more

Safe and Effective Anticoagulation in the Outpatient Setting: A Systematic Review of the Evidence (May 2013)

As a leader in safety and quality, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is interested in assuring that veterans on long-term anticoagulation receive state-of-the-art care that maximizes efficacy and minimizes complications. Towards that end, this review was commissioned by the VAs Evidence-based Synthesis Program, in conjunction with the Office of Quality and Performance.

The final key questions are:

  1. For management of long-term outpatient anticoagulation in adults, are specialized anticoagulation clinics (ACC) more effective and safer than care in non-specialized clinics (e.g., primary care clinics, physician offices)?
    a. Which components of a specialized anticoagulation clinic are associated with effectiveness/safety?
  2. Is Patient Self Testing (PST), either alone or in combination with Patient Self Management (PSM), more effective and safer than standard care delivered in either ACCs or non-specialized clinics?
  3. What are the risk factors for serious bleeding in patients on chronic anticoagulant therapy?
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Anticoagulation Therapy: A Point-of-Care Guide (Mar. 2011)

Anticoagulants can be dangerous drugs. Developed to save lives by preventing and treating thrombosis, these widely used medications are linked to unacceptable levels of morbidity and mortality. According to a study by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, 8.2% of hospitalized patients on warfarin and 13.6% exposed to heparin experience an adverse drug event. To prevent these events from occurring, clinicians monitor anticoagulation therapy closely. But there are still questions. What is the risk of stroke in a patient who has specified CHADS2 risk factors? What is the recommended perioperative treatment? Find life-saving solutions quickly to these challenges and more with Anticoagulation Therapy: A Point-of-Care Guide, edited by William Dager, Michael Gulseth, and Edith Nutescu.

This concise reference is designed with the busy clinician and resident in mind. It provides a quick way to access necessary clinical and therapeutic information that has the potential to improve the lives when many risk factors are at play and time is of the essence.

Inside you'll find:

  • Quick reference elements such as tables figures to easily access key information
  • Clinical pearls and bullets to highlight real life application
  • Selected guideline statements from leading organizations
  • 19 chapters covering a broad range of topics

The second book in the Point-of-Care series, Anticoagulation Therapy is led by a team of editors with more than 77 combined years of clinical experience, including insight from 19 contributors. The book is divided into three sections, including: Anticoagulation Medication Management, Conditions Requiring Anticoagulation Therapy, and Practical Monitoring and Coagulation Laboratory Insights. Read more

The Coumadin® (Warfarin) Help Book: Anticoagulation Therapy to Prevent and Manage Strokes, Heart Attacks, and Other Vascular Conditions (Mar 2011)

This essential guide was written for everyone who must take the anticoagulation drugs Coumadin or its generic form warfarin, and who finds the dietary and medication guidelines that need to be followed both confusing and complicated. It explains why these drugs require modifications to the diet and careful monitoring of both prescription and over-the-counter medications, emphasizing that consistency is the key to success. It will help readers to live a normal, healthy life despite the restriction involved in successfully taking this medication; tables containing information about foods and drugs will be referred to constantly. This book provides the information that every person who requires anticoagulation therapy needs to manage their medication and get on with their lives.

Coumadin and warfarin are the most commonly prescribed anticoagulants or "blood thinner" used to prevent strokes and heart attacks resulting from blood clots in people with a variety of medical conditions. This includes the more than 10% of people over age 65 who have atrial fibrillation, anyone who a prosthetic heart valve or other cardiac conditions that can lead to the formation of blood clots, following any episode of deep vein thromboembolism, and people who have already suffered a stroke or heart attack.

The book provides detailed information on:

  • how these drugs work to prevent the formation of blood clots;
  • what readers should know about the vitamin K content of foods and COUMADIN therapy, and how to regulate their diet to maintain clotting at the optimal level for therapeutic effectiveness;
  • potential side effects of anticoagulant therapy, including the risk of bleeding when appropriate levels are not maintained as well as "nuisance" effects such as mild hair loss;
  • how both prescription and nonprescription drugs, as well as alcohol, can affect anticoagulant effectiveness, including those that enhance their action and cause excessive blood thinning and life-threatening bleeding, and how to work with their physicians to maintain an optimal anticoagulant level while taking needed medications;
  • how to manage anticoagulation therapy when surgery is needed or new medical conditions are diagnosed, and why these drugs should not be taken during pregnancy;
  • tables that provide detailed information on the Vitamin K content of specific foods and supplements, interactions with prescription and nonprescription drugs, and more.
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Managing Oral Anticoagulation Therapy: Clinical and Operational Guidelines: Published by Facts & Comparisons (Jun 2009)

Provides the resources and information to enhance the care of patients receiving oral anticoagulation therapy. Written by a diverse and multidisciplinary group of health care professionals with hands-on experience, this book focuses on the anticoagulation management servicea model of anticoagulation care that is systematic, organized, and coordinated. All aspects of development and implementation of this care model are addressed.

The book is divided into two sections: Part 1, Establishing an Anticoagulation Management Service, and Part 2, The Use of Oral Anticoagulants.

Features and Benefits:

  • Unique collection of articles on the use of oral anticoagulants
  • Guidelines and flow sheets used in anticoagulation programs
  • Decrease complications, hospitalizations, and emergency department use related to anticoagulation therapy
  • Increase patient satisfaction and improve quality of life
  • Policy and procedure examples
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Anticoagulation Therapy: Toolkit for Implementing the National Patient Safety Goal (Sep 2008)

Anticoagulation medications are a high-risk treatment that commonly leads to adverse drug events due to the complexity of dosing these medications, monitoring their effects, and ensuring patient compliance. This new resource is designed to help performance improvement directors, pharmacists, directors of nursing, and medical staff assess the safety of their current anticoagulation practices and/or implement a defined anticoagulation management program. The implementation guide includes an accompanying CD-ROM with practical forms, examples, and other tools that any size organization can consider for its program. Read more