Specializing in the management of warfarin and other anticoagulants
The Saint Francis Hospital Anticoagulation Service is a hospital-based outpatient medication management service specializing in the management of warfarin and other anticoagulants. Our mission is to act in consult with the patient's primary care provider, cardiologist, or other referring physician to provide organized anticoagulation management in an effort to improve the efficacy and safety of anticoagulant medications. Comprehensive care of these patients includes patient assessment, patient education, warfarin dose management, and coordination of care when the interruption of anticoagulation is necessary.
INR testing is done by a point-of-care device for immediate results, so that dosing instructions may be provided to patients in a face-to-face visit. Patients are assessed by registered nurses or pharmacists with specific knowledge in caring for patients on anticoagulants under the supervision of a hematologist.
- New patients must be willing and able to come to the Anticoagulation Service for face-to-face visits. Patients will not be managed over the phone.
- All patients are required to have a PCP and/or cardiologist or other provider whom the patient will regularly see as an outpatient, and who is willing to assume responsibility for the patient's general medical care.
Please note that the turnaround time for a new patient appointment is approximately 1-2 weeks, with priority given to patients being discharged from the hospital. Please note that the referring physician is responsible for the management of the patient's anticoagulation until the patient is seen in the Anticoagulation Service.
If you would like to refer a patient to the Anticoagulation Service, please download, print, and complete the referral form. Fax the completed referral form to (860) 714-7598.