FP Essentials™

Anticoagulation

Edition #422 | July 2014

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  • Cite the common indications for anticoagulation.
  • Describe a risk assessment approach for venous thromboembolism and bleeding to determine the appropriateness of anticoagulation for an individual patient.
  • Summarize the indications for, precautions related to, and potential adverse effects of the new oral anticoagulants.
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of warfarin and the new oral anticoagulants.
  • Outline education points to discuss with patients taking oral anticoagulants.
  • Summarize the initial anticoagulant choices for patients undergoing surgical procedures; hospitalized nonsurgical patients; and patients with acute coronary syndrome, prosthetic heart valves, or venous thromboembolic disease.
  • Cite the alternatives to warfarin and discuss how to convert to and from the new oral anticoagulants.
  • Describe monitoring of oral anticoagulants and options for improving the time in the therapeutic range.
  • Summarize a treatment approach to a patient taking warfarin who has major bleeding or an elevated international normalized ratio without active bleeding.
  • Discuss ways to minimize the bleeding risk of a patient taking an oral anticoagulant.
  • Summarize the identification and management of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia.

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