The Anticoagulation Clinic, sometimes referred to as the "Coumadin Clinic," is a service established by Rapid City Medical Center with the purpose of assisting patients with the monitoring of their warfarin (Coumadin®) medication. The clinic is staffed by a nurse who monitors and manages the warfarin (Coumadin®) medication the primary care provider has prescribed to prevent blood clots.
What is Warfarin (Coumadin®)?
Warfarin (Coumadin®) is a medication used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger. It works by stopping the formation of substances that cause clots. It is often given to patients who have had blood clots or are at risk for developing a blood clot.
Why do I need frequent monitoring if I'm on warfarin (Coumadin®)?
Patients must take an appropriate dose of warfarin (Coumadin®) in order to prevent clot formation or bleeding. Since many medications, foods and disease states can affect your response to warfarin (Coumadin®), frequent blood tests and discussions are required. If your doctor believes this service is right for you, he/she will refer you to our Anticoagulation Clinic. Your doctor must refer you to our service in order to participate. After receiving your referral authorization, you will be scheduled for your first visit.
What to Expect During a Clinic Visit
Rapid City Medical Center patients may come into the clinic for a finger stick test. This is done by appointment only. Our clinic is staffed by a nurse with clinical training in anticoagulation management. During your visit to the clinic, you can expect the following:
* Approximately 15-20 Minute Visits
* The Nurse Will Discuss Warfarin (Coumadin®) Use and Answer Questions
* The Nurse Will Obtain a Small Blood Sample from Your Finger to Determine How Long it Takes for Your Blood to Clot (INR result)
* Monitoring for Drug and Diet Interactions or Side Effects
* Adjustments to Dose if Needed
* Follow-Up Appointment Scheduling
Anticoagulation Clinic Mission
Our mission is to thoroughly educate patients; keep physicians well-informed about the patient's care; and provide efficient, high-quality care utilizing knowledgeable, well trained providers and an accurate testing method. Rapid City Medical Center's Anticoagulation Clinic was created to assist the physician in optimizing the safety and efficiency of antithrombotic therapy.
For more information about the anticoagulation clinic, contact us today.