Improving Warfarin Management

James Levett, M.D., Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA AHRQ Grant No. HS015830-01

Overview

This project applied ISO 9001 principles to establish a virtual anticoagulation clinic for two hospitals and two physician practices and resulted in the development of a model for developing safe care delivery systems. The toolkit features:

  • Tools for implementing a virtual anticoagulation clinic by other communities of providers.
  • Training materials on teaching ISO 9001 quality concepts.
  • Anticoagulation care guidelines.
  • Techniques for simplifying and controlling documents across multiple institutions and sites of care.
  • Guidelines for utilizing auditing, and corrective and preventive action plans to monitor clinical outcomes.
  • Patient education materials.

Target Audience

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, patients, caregivers.

Health Care Setting

Hospital care units, pharmacies, outpatient facilities.

Toolkit Web Site

http://www.crhealthcarealliance.org

AHRQ Products

Video—Staying Active and Healthy with Blood Thinners in English and Spanish.

Booklet—Blood Thinner Pills: Your Guide to Using Them Safely in English and Spanish.

Clinician Kit — Clinicians can receive a kit with 1 DVD of the video, 1 booklet, and 25 copies of a flier listing free resources that address how to use blood thinners safely by calling 800-358-9295 and requesting AHRQ Publication No. 09-0086.

Press Releases

AHRQ Announces New Video to Help Patients Use Blood Thinner Pills Safely and Effectively
September 14, 2009
http://www.ahrq.gov/news/press/pr2009/bldthnvidpr.htm

Podcasts

Blood Thinner Pills — AHRQ Releases New Video for Consumers
http://www.healthcare411.ahrq.gov/radiocastseg.aspx?id=1029&type=seg

New Warfarin Guide
http://www.healthcare411.ahrq.gov/radiocastseg.aspx?id=807&type=seg

Presentation Slides

Medication Safety: Anticoagulation Management
Date: September 8, 2008
Venue: 2008 AHRQ Annual Conference
http://www.ahrq.gov/about/annualmtg08/091008slides/Huber.htm

Return to Contents

Current as of October 2004
Internet Citation: Improving Warfarin Management. October 2004. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patient-safety-resources/resources/pips/levett.html