|Measure: Implement a defined anticoagulant management program to individualize the care provided to each patient receiving anticoagulation therapy.|
Time Period Ending: 3/31/2013
What We Are Doing:
NPSG.03.05.01 - Reduce the likelihood of patient harm associated with the use of anticoagulant therapy.
Note: This requirement applies only to hospitals that provide anticoagulant therapy and/or long-term anticoagulation prophylaxis (for example, atrial fibrillation) where the clinical expectation is that the patientâ€™s laboratory values for coagulation will remain outside normal values. This requirement does not apply to routine situations in which short-term prophylactic anticoagulation is used for venous thrombo-embolism prevention (for example, related to procedures or hospitalization) and the clinical expectation is that the patientâ€™s laboratory values for coagulation will remain within, or close to, normal values. Our Pharmacists are a valuable resource in managing your anti-coagulation therapy. Working with doctors, they are authorized to make changes in medications to keep your blood at a level that is perfect for you. They also spend time with patients teaching them what they need to know about their therapy and ensure a safe transition after discharge. Patients are referred to PeaceHealth Medical Group's Anticoagulation clinic before discharge to ensure the optimum INR levels are maintained while at home.