Often patients on the path to recovery from strokes or heart problems are prescribed anticoagulation treatment. Anticoagulants are medicines prescribed to slow down the body's own clotting process and to keep the blood thin.
At the UConn Health, we've established our Anticoagulation Clinic to serve the specialized testing, monitoring and prescription needs of patients undergoing blood treatment.
Our Anticoagulation Clinic maintains computerized records specific to the management of patients receiving anticoagulation, which greatly enhances the safety and proper dosing of medication. A simple “finger-stick” is all that’s needed to obtain the small amount of blood needed for analysis during each visit to the clinic.
Our clinic is staffed by professionals with specialized training in anticoagulation management with physician medical director oversight. Through a comprehensive process which includes on-site laboratory testing, the clinic monitors the patient's therapy and adjusts dosages according to protocol to maintain a therapeutic International Normalized Ratio (INR). At each clinic visit, the provider also monitors patients for hemorrhagic and thromboembolic complications and provides patient education regarding the safe use of anticoagulation therapy.
Benefits to Patients
- Comprehensive, ongoing patient education and communication.
- Consistent and prompt INR monitoring.
- Prompt dosage adjustments.
- Intervention for drug interactions.
Patients may be followed upon electronically submitted referral from a physician.
Anticoagulation Referral Acceptance Requirements
- Patients may be referred to the Anticoagulation Clinic if they have a UConn Attending physician who is willing to be in a Collaborative Practice Agreement for that patient.
- Patients must be willing to visit and meet with the pharmacist at the Anticoagulation Clinic at the minimum, quarterly or 4 times a year, in order to be accepted by the clinic.
- Patients will be scheduled in the clinic after they have had a visit with the referring UConn provider; this is a requirement for billing compliance purposes.
- Please enter an order for “Ambulatory Referral to Anticoagulation Monitoring” in Epic sending INR reminders to UMSI Anticoagulation Support Staff.
- Upon receipt of the Anticoagulation referral, the Anticoagulation Clinic support staff will submit a collaborative practice agreement to the referring physician for co-signature.
- Both the referral and co-signed collaborative practice needs to be received before the patient is contacted.
- Please call the Anticoagulation Clinic 860-679-3470 to ensure the proper documentation is in place.
For more information or to schedule an appointment at the UConn Health Anticoagulation Clinic, contact:
11 South Road, Suite 230 (2nd Floor), MC 6237
Farmington, CT 06032-6237