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Anticoagulant Therapy: Reducing the Likelihood of Patient Harm

Blood coagulation is a complex and tightly regulated process. Unfortunately, blood clots can form abnormally in the arteries, veins, or heart. Anticoagulants prevent the unwanted clotting of blood by interfering with the normal coagulation process. However, their use is often associated with adverse drug events and requires close monitoring to prevent patient harm. This course will discuss how to provide individualized care focusing on preventing drug interactions and adverse events as well as the Joint Commissions requirement for anticoagulant therapy.

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, the participant should be able to:

  • Cite the clinical use of anticoagulant therapy
  • Discuss the risks associated with anticoagulant therapy
  • Identify methods for improving anticoagulant drug safety
  • List the 2013 Joint Commission National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) requirements related to anticoagulant therapy