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Monitoring and Managing Blood Thinning Medications
Georgia Regents Medical Center physicians with patients over the age of 18, who take blood-thinning medications, depend on the Georgia Regents Anticoagulation Clinic. The Georgia Regents Anticoagulation Clinic is staffed by enthusiastic clinical pharmacists who work in conjunction with a physician and a licensed practical nurse to provide a concentrated clinical focus on monitoring and managing anticoagulation medications for your patients.
This focused and systematic method of managing patients on blood-thinning medications has proven to produce reliable, consistent results while freeing physicians for other duties. What’s more, the results are immediately available to both patients and their physicians. The clinic’s pharmacists immediately upload their findings through Power Chart Office, the same electronic medical records (EMR) system Georgia Regents Medical Center physicians use, and forward them to the patient’s physician.
Who Can Use These Services?
The Georgia Regents Anticoagulation Clinic was designed primarily to serve Georgia Regents Medical Center physicians and patients. If you are a physician in Georgia Regents Medical Center’s Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Continuity Care or any specialty clinic, excluding pediatrics, you may direct existing or newly initiated patients to the Georgia Regents Anticoagulation Clinic. This clinic also serves patients who have no health insurance and no primary care physician, newly started on anticoagulation during a hospitalization within a five-county area that includes Richmond, Columbia, Burke, Aiken or Edgefield counties.
A Complete Range of Services
The Georgia Regents Anticoagulation Clinic’s staff will help your patients initially adjust to their medications; then monitor them as needed to ensure that they remain within therapeutic ranges.
- Initial and follow-up INR monitoring
- Adjustments to warfarin therapy
- Initiation of “bridge therapy” with low molecular weight heparins as indicated
- Consultations with clinical pharmacists regarding anticoagulation therapy
- Patient education
Referral of Patients During Regular Business Hours
To refer an adult patient to the Georgia Regents Anticoagulation Clinic, access the Form MCG882-“Clinical Directive for Anticoagulation Management” on “Forms on Demand” and fax to 706-721-6975. Additionally, all referring Georgia Regents Medical Center physicians will need to sign a collaborative practice agreement at the time of referral. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 706-721-4329. To reach the Georgia Regents Anticoagulation Clinic directly (Hours: M-F 8:30am-5pm), call 706-721-9664.
After Hours Referral
For patients being referred after hours, the physician will need to complete a Clinical Directive Form (MCG882) found under the Georgia Regents Anticoagulation Clinic tab in “Forms on Demand.” The completed Clinical Directive Form should be faxed to 706-721-6975. Complete the “Call Center Scheduling Form” and OrderComm or fax to 721-1459. Provide a copy of the “Call Center Scheduling Form” to the patient and instruct them to call the number on the form if they have not been notified of a follow-up appointment within two business days.
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