PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center
Measure: Implement a defined anticoagulant management program to individualize the care provided to each patient receiving anticoagulation therapy.

Time Period Ending:  3/31/2013

What We Are Doing:
NPSG.03.05.01 - Reduce the likelihood of patient harm associated with the use of anticoagulant therapy.
Note: This requirement applies only to hospitals that provide anticoagulant therapy and/or long-term anticoagulation prophylaxis (for example, atrial fibrillation) where the clinical expectation is that the patient’s laboratory values for coagulation will remain outside normal values. This requirement does not apply to routine situations in which short-term prophylactic anticoagulation is used for venous thrombo-embolism prevention (for example, related to procedures or hospitalization) and the clinical expectation is that the patient’s laboratory values for coagulation will remain within, or close to, normal values. Our Pharmacists are a valuable resource in managing your anti-coagulation therapy. Working with doctors, they are authorized to make changes in medications to keep your blood at a level that is perfect for you. They also spend time with patients teaching them what they need to know about their therapy and ensure a safe transition after discharge. Patients are referred to PeaceHealth Medical Group's Anticoagulation clinic before discharge to ensure the optimum INR levels are maintained while at home.

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