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Anticoagulation Clinic

Special Care for Patients on Blood Thinners

Anticoagulation means to stop blood from clotting or clumping so that blood flows freely. Patients who are at risk of developing blood clots need close monitoring.

If you are taking blood-thinning medication, your doctor may refer you to our Anticoagulation Clinic, which will help you get the most from your medication and avoid bleeding or other bad side effects.

Benefits to Patient

Our clinic is set up to help you learn about anticoagulation therapy, get regular blood tests and have your medication dosage adjusted as needed. Our staff members work closely with your own physicians. You will continue to see your primary-care doctor for all medical care that's not related to anticoagulation therapy.

What Happens at Appointments

When coming in for your appointment, check in at the Primary Care's front desk. You will be asked to have a seat and then taken back by a nurse into an exam room.

Each appointment will include reviewing your current medications, obtaining a finger stick Protime, and adjusting anticoagulation therapy as needed. We feel that this immediate feedback on Protime levels, along with increased education, will allow you better control of your therapy and limit any potential side effects.

Education & Next Steps

Our on-going patient education will include methods of handling side effects, symptoms of toxicity, importance of compliance with medication therapy and coming in for routine checks.

If the values of your blood are within the therapeutic range and you are not having any problems, you will be advised to stay on the same dose of your current medicine. We will also schedule you for your next clinic appointment approximately one month later.

Any problems related or unrelated to Coumadin therapy will be discussed with your primary-care provider or a PeaceHealth Medical Group physician for evaluation.

Contact Us:

Primary Care
3100 Tongass Avenue
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Phone: 907-228-8140


This clinic is licensed as part of PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center. You may receive a separate charge or billing for facility fees in addition to any professional fees for services, which may result in a higher out-of-pocket expense.

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