Activity Provided By
Medical Interactive Community
Overview / Abstract
Primary care physicians manage many of the patients on long term anticoagulant therapy. They perform a difficult balancing act on a daily basis, weighing each patient’s risk of thromboembolism versus hemorrhage. The preponderance of current medical literature identifies under-utilization of anticoagulants as a major problem, and cites the burden of frequent blood work and fear of bleeding as the reason for under-utilization. The Joint Commission has made reducing the risk of patient injuries from anticoagulation therapy a new National Patient Safety Goal. Several professional organizations have advocated a more systematic approach to managing these medications. This self-paced Internet activity will draw from the medical literature and claims data to recommend means to reduce the risk in managing anti-coagulant therapy in primary care.
Credits / Hours
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Presenters / Authors / Faculty
Karl N. Hanson, MD, FAAFP
Activity Specialities / Related Topics
The Joint Commission, Regulatory / Compliance / Risk Mgt, Pharmacology, Overdose (Drug), Nutrition / Dietary, Medication Safety, Internal Medicine, Errors (Medication), Anticoagulation / Thrombosis, Adverse Drug Reactions / ADR
Nurse Practitioner , Physician CME, Physician Assistant CME