Anticoagulation Management Program
Individualized management for safe and effective care
St. Luke’s Anticoagulation Management Program is for patients taking anticoagulants, or blood thinners, such as warfarin (Coumadin). St. Luke’s Anticoagulation Management Program team works closely with patients to prevent clot formation and minimize the risk of excessive bleeding.
What does the Anticoagulation Management Program team do?
Our team works with patients to:
- Create individualized dosing plans
- Provide education to help our patients understand their medications and dosing plan
- Conduct laboratory monitoring
- Provide personalized management before and after surgeries and procedures
- Assess medication interactions and nutrition changes
Why is anticoagulation management necessary?
- Some anticoagulants, such as warfarin, require highly individualized dosing.
- The dose that works for one person may not work for another.
- Individualized treatment will produce a unique plan that is optimized for each person and their situation.
- Too much anticoagulation medication can increase the risk of side effects, such as bleeding.
- If unmanaged, clots can block blood flow to the heart, brain or other parts of the body. This can cause a stroke, a heart attack, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or a pulmonary embolism (PE).