Baptist Health Madisonville: Anticoagulation Clinic
This anticoagulation clinic in Madisonville helps patients with DVT or pulmonary embolism manage blood clot formation in legs, hands, and more. Learn about anticoagulation from Baptist Health.
Anticoagulation Clinic in Madisonville, Kentucky HealthTalks Transcript
Erin Larkins, APRN, Heart Care:
The types of patients who are enrolled in the anticoagulation clinic are patients who’ve been diagnosed with a DVT, which is a deep vein thrombosis, which can be anywhere in the body, from the legs to the arms, and pulmonary embolism patients who have blood clots that have been diagnosed in their lungs. Patients who have an irregular heartbeat, known as atrial fibrillation, are also placed on anticoagulation.
For some patients, it’s short term, three to six months or six to 12 months, and then we’re able to stop their anticoagulation, and everything goes back to normal. The newer medications are somewhat easier to incorporate with their regular lifestyle. They don’t have to have a lot of restrictions, other than knowing they are at increased risk for bleeding, and they may want to modify their lifestyle.
In our Coumadin clinic, I think the patients somewhat embrace coming in to see our registered nurses. They depend on them to be able to have the confidence that they are appropriately dosed and managed with their Coumadin. They have security that, if anything should go wrong, or if they need to have a procedure, the Coumadin girls would absolutely take care of that for them for their dosing, and they can have confidence that it’s done appropriately.
Gwendal Plain, RN:
I would really encourage patients and family members to come and see and experience the difference in care here at Baptist Health Madisonville. I say, “When you chose Baptist Health, you’re choosing excellent care every time.”