Valley Health System's Anticoagulation Management Service/Coumadin Clinic is an effective way for patients and their physicians to manage and monitor anticoagulation therapy.
How does the service work? After taking blood using a simple finger stick, a specially trained team of Valley Hospital pharmacists efficiently obtains INR results in just minutes using the CoaguChek point-of-care testing device. At the same time, the team provides one-on-one patient education and information, and makes appropriate dosage adjustments according to a Valley Hospital Medical Board-approved protocol. The service offers a vital communication link between patient and physician, thereby enhancing patient care.
Physicians register their patients for the service, then patients schedule their own appointments. The service is provided at Valley's Community Care Clinic at 1114 Goffle Road in Hawthorne.
Current literature shows that increased monitoring of patients on the anticoagulation agent warfarin (Coumadin™) decreases the risk of hemorrhage and potentially life-threatening thromboembolic events.
The program has been in operation since 1997 and was the first one of its kind in Bergen and Passaic counties. For more information, please call 201-447-8121 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 973-427-7676, ext. 230, on Tuesdays and Fridays, or e-mail Carlo Lupano, RPh, MBA, CCP, at firstname.lastname@example.org.