The Central Community Hospital Anticoagulation Clinic is a program offered to patients who take the blood thinner Coumadin (Warfarin). Coumadin is taken to help prevent blood clots in patients who have had a heart valve replacement, a previous blood clot in the lung, a previous blood clot in the leg or patients with an abnormal rapid heart beat. At each visit to the anticoagulation clinic the patient has a blood test drawn (INR) in our CCH lab and then meets with a Registered Nurse to discuss the result. That result will then be used by the nurse to determine the Coumadin dosing and the next testing date. The patient’s health history, diet, activity level and current medications will also be reviewed at each visit. Each patient will receive an appointment card with instructions for Coumadin dosing and the date and time of the next visit.
The clinics are held weekly on Tuesdays. A written order from the patient’s health care provider is needed to begin the process. The ordering provider will be notified of all test results and any changes in Warfarin dosing. All patients taking Coumadin, in Elkader and the surrounding communities, are welcome. Most insurances, including Medicare, cover the cost of attending these clinics, but it is important to call your insurance company before beginning. Talk to your health care provider and ask if the CCH Anticoagulation Clinic is right for you.
If you have questions please call the CCH anticoagulation nurse at 563-245-7043.