Assess anticoagulants to meet new requirement

October 2007
Same-Day Surgery;Oct2007, Vol. 31 Issue 10, p119
Academic Journal
Although outpatient surgery programs regularly ask patients to identify the medications they take, the newest requirement for The Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goal 3 has surgery programs looking specifically at anticoagulant use to reduce risk of patient harm. • Assess use of and specific type of anticoagulant used by patients to determine when patient should discontinue medication prior to surgery and resume medication following surgery. • Educate staff as to increased risk of bleeding for patients who are on anticoagulant therapy. • Increase patient education regarding resumption of anticoagulant therapy following surgery.


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