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Pharmacist-directed anticoagulation service improves care coordination
Date:8/10/2011

ow well care was coordinated as patients transitioned from the hospital to the outpatient anticoagulant clinic:

  • Number of patients enrolled in an outpatient anticoagulation clinic.
  • Documented communication between the inpatient and outpatient anticoagulation clinics to reflect how the care was being coordinated.
  • Documented communication between the inpatient anticoagulation service and physician responsible for managing the patient at the outpatient anticoagulation clinic.
  • Number of patients who actually kept their initial appointment with the outpatient anticoagulation clinic within five days of being discharged from the hospital.

To determine the safety and efficacy of the anticoagulation service, researchers evaluated any episodes of major bleeding or new thrombosis patients experienced.

"The pharmacist-directed anticoagulation service is a viable approach to standardizing care and improving anticoagulant safety," Dr. Kalus says. "Based on our findings, it may be possible this model can be applied to other complicated medication regimens or chronic diseases."


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Contact: David Olejarz
dolejar1@hfhs.org
313-874-4094
Henry Ford Health System
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