Georgia Regents Anticoagulation Clinic
What is the Georgia Regents Anticoagulation Clinic?
The Georgia Regents Anticoagulation Clinic is here to help monitor and manage the medication(s) you take for blood thinning purposes. The clinic is located in the Medical Center on the first floor and is staffed by clinical pharmacists. The pharmacists, working in conjunction with your referring Georgia Regents Medical Center physician and a licensed practical nurse, will monitor your anticoagulation therapy.
Why is a special clinic needed to manage my medicine?
Your blood thinning medications can be dangerous if not closely monitored. While on these medications, your blood clotting time or INR must be checked at least once a month. However, more frequent visits are needed when first starting this medication, when changes are made to your other medications or if your INR results are not within the therapeutic range.
How am I enrolled in the clinic?
Due to the complexities of blood thinning medications, a referral is needed from your Georgia Regents Medical Center provider to adequately care for you. You must be willing and able to come for the required appointments with the pharmacists at least once a month, but more often if necessary.
What happens at the Georgia Regents Anticoagulation Clinic?
At your appointments, the nurse will check your INR by using a fingerstick blood test or blood draw if necessary and the result will be available immediately. The pharmacist will ask some questions about your health and medications, determine if your dosage should be adjusted, and schedule your next appointment. Additional education about your medication is available.