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Introduction to Anticoagulation

shutterstock_60390478.jpgWith nearly 2 million patients now requiring an oral anticoagulant in the UK, more patients than ever are being managed in the community.

This one day course is intended as an overview of the principles underpinning anticoagulation management for those health care professionals (GPs, nurses, pharmacists) just starting out in practice.
The course provides practical knowledge and hands-on experience of point of care devices and dosing software as well as introducing clinical guidelines, audit procedures and protocol development. It is an ideal opportunity to begin to learn about the complexities involved in running an anticoagulation service.

Learning Objectives

• Knowledge of the principles of anticoagulation therapy, indications for use, side effects and interactions
• Knowledge of the principles of point of care INR tests and quality assurance
• Knowledge of the professional guidelines for management of oral anticoagulation, audit procedures and protocol development.

Course Suitability

This course is suitable for GPs, Practice Nurses, Hospital nurses, Pharmacists and all Health Care Professionals involved in, or planning to be involved in, clinical management of patients receiving Anticoagulation therapy.

Health Care Assistants, Assistant Practitioners and Pharmacy Technicians may find the Anticoagulation Management for HCAs and Assistant Practitioners course more appropriate.

Example Course Programme

9.00am Coffee and registration
9.15am Welcome and Course overview
9.30am Oral anticoagulation; how does it work and the INR
10.15am Measuring the INR - Point of Care (POC) tests and quality control
11.00am Coffee
11.30am Anticoagulation and Atrial Fibrillation
12.30pm Managing the INR result - Computerised Decision Support Software (CDSS)


POC and CDSS demonstration

2.00pm Anticoagulation and VTE
2.45pm Case studies
3.30pm Tea
3.45pm Audit and protocol for anticoagulation management
4.15pm Anticoagulation drug interactions

Key Facts

Contact: Cheryl Grantham/Eva Mussio /Claire Runaghan

T: +44 (0)24765 73958/74263/72958

Course Director: Professor David Fitzmaurice

Duration: One day


09/10/2019 - Registration Form

12/02/2020 - Registration Form

03/06/2020 - Registration Form

If you would like to register for one of these dates, please use the registration forms above.

Fees: £175

Funding opportunities