St. Mary's Health Care System proudly offers a coumadin clinic specializing in outpatient blood thinning therapy.
St. Mary’s opened the clinic in October 2006 in the hospital’s laboratory at 1230 Baxter Street. St. Mary’s created the clinic in response to growing community need for fast coumadin care with little or no waiting. The clinic serves anyone with a physician’s referral who needs close blood and medication monitoring.
“This service helps patients who need their blood checked get into a clinic sooner, and it helps community physicians manage their patients,” says Alex Bogdanow, R.Ph., coumadin clinic pharmacist.
Located in the St. Mary’s Hospital Clinical Lab, the clinic measures the blood value (INR) to assess the effectiveness of coumadin, a blood thinner that affects the blood’s thinness and clotting properties.
With fast blood test results, patients meet with pharmacists for immediate counseling to quickly adjust medications. Close management of medications may prevent clotting issues that could lead to stroke, blood clots in the legs or lungs (venous thromboembolism or VTE) or pulmonary emboli (PE) following major surgery or joint replacement.
Partnering with patient physicians, St. Mary’s coumadin therapy helps patients manage their conditions and other factors, such as diet and medications, affecting their blood.
Appointments are required. For more information, call 706.389.2389.