Some blood-thinning medications, such as warfarin (Coumadin), require careful monitoring. Doses are adjusted based on your response to the medication, so it’s important that dose-response monitoring and adjustment be done by experts.
The Anticoagulation Clinic will review your warfarin (Coumadin) use, monitor your response to the dosage and watch for any conflicts or negative side effects.
Anticoagulation Testing Options
To manage your warfarin or anticoagulation medication dosage, regular testing is essential. Our anticoagulation service provides convenient locations for testing appointments.
- Face-to-face visit. There are five Anticoagulation Clinic locations, including Harbor Town Campus and Lakefront Campus, where you can sit down with a clinical pharmacist or nurse for a dedicated visit about your medication regimen. During your appointment, you will get immediate INR blood test results using a finger stick test. If your warfarin dose needs adjusting, our pharmacists and nurses can do it right away before you leave. Most visits take less than 15 minutes. Our staff also manages and teaches patients who need injectable anticoagulants how to self-inject their medication.
- Laboratory visits. Visit one of our labs for an INR blood draw. When the result is available, a pharmacist or nurse will call to provide instructions for warfarin management.
- Self-Testing at Home. Patients who are eligible for home INR testing will receive education on how to utilize a meter to complete the finger stick testing at home every two weeks or more often. Patients will be responsible for calling in the INR results. After the result has been reported, a pharmacist or nurse will call to provide instructions for warfarin management. Ask your provider at your next appointment if this option is right for you.
To learn more about anticoagulation services or schedule an appointment, call 414-805-6575, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Patients are responsible for the co-pay for any testing or visit.