Anticoagulation Therapy - Point-of-Care Guides (Paperback)
  • Anticoagulation Therapy - Point-of-Care Guides (Paperback)

Anticoagulation Therapy - Point-of-Care Guides (Paperback)

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Paperback 504 Pages / Published: 30/03/2011
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Anticoagulants can be dangerous drugs. Developed to save lives by preventing and treating thrombosis, these widely used medications are linked to unacceptable levels of morbidity and mortality. According to a study by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices, 8.2% of hospitalized patients on warfarin and 13.6% exposed to heparin experience an adverse drug event. To prevent these events from occurring, clinicians monitor anticoagulation therapy closely. But there are still questions. What is the risk of stroke in a patient who has specified CHADS2 risk factors? What is the recommended perioperative treatment? Find life-saving solutions quickly to these challenges and more with Anticoagulation Therapy: A Point-of-Care Guide, edited by William Dager, Michael Gulseth, and Edith Nutescu.

This concise reference is designed with the busy clinician and resident in mind. It provides a quick way to access necessary clinical and therapeutic information that has the potential to improve the lives when many risk factors are at play and time is of the essence.

Inside you'll find:Quick reference elements such as tables figures to easily access key informationClinical pearls and bullets to highlight real life applicationSelected guideline statements from leading organizations19 chapters covering a broad range of topicsThe second book in the Point-of-Care series, Anticoagulation Therapy is led by a team of editors with more than 77 combined years of clinical experience, including insight from 19 contributors. The book is divided into three sections, including: Anticoagulation Medication Management, Conditions Requiring Anticoagulation Therapy, and Practical Monitoring and Coagulation Laboratory Insights.

Publisher: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
ISBN: 9781585282401
Number of pages: 504
Weight: 454 g
Dimensions: 178 x 127 x 25 mm

This comprehensive guide to anticoagulants describes how they work, how they are
used, clinical issues, and monitoring parameters and reversal guidelines.

The purpose is to create a pocket guide that gives practitioners quick access to
evidence-based and expert information on the use of anticoagulants in various
types of patients.

The audience of clinical practitioners would include physicians in various
specialties, including orthopedists, cardiologists, internists, general
practitioners, residents, and medical students, as well as nurse practitioners,
physician assistants, and pharmacists.

The book discusses different anticoagulants, their mechanisms of action, dosing
guidelines, monitoring parameters, and reversal guidelines. The clinical pearls
are really helpful in addressing various situations such as dosing a morbidly
obese patient. Many tables help make dosing comparisons, patient group
comparisons, risk assessments, etc. Unfortunately, the font on some of the flow
charts, diagrams, index, and back cover is very small and difficult to read.

This is a wonderful little pocket guide to anticoagulation therapy. It is
comprehensive, yet simplified. Updates will be needed as newer drug therapies
come to market.


Weighted Numerical Score: 84 - 3 Stars

Judith Klevan, BA biology, BS Phamacy(Jeanes Hospital)

--Judith Klevan, BA biology, BS Phamacy(Jeanes Hospital)"MedInfoNow" (06/03/2011)

Anticoagulation Therapy: A Point-of-Care Guideby William E. Dager, Michael P. Gulseth, Edith A. Nutescu. The Pharmaceutical Journal 17th September 2011 Vol 287/7671 page 325

The editors of this book have set out to create a unique, pocket-sized point-of-care practice guide that would give clinicians quick access to evidence-based information or expert opinion for challenging clinical situations. The book is designed to be light on text, heavy on tables and figures, easy to digest, comprehensive, expertly written, applicable to patients across the continuum of care and useful to all healthcare workers involved with these medicines. This is quite a challenge.The focus of the book is on the clinical use of anticoagulants. The information is organised according to the way that clinicians think through clinical problems.The book is divided into three parts: anticoagulant medicines management, conditions requiring anticoagulant therapy and practical monitoring, and coagulation laboratory insights.In the first part, several chapters are devoted to specific drug groups, including warfarin, unfractionated heparin, low molecular weight heparin, parenteral direct thrombin inhibitors and the newer oral anticoagulants. Although the chapter on the newer oral anticoagulants describes these agents as still being in development, the three drugs dabigatran, rivaroxaban and apixaban are compared and contrasted in great detail, with tables showing the results from the main published phase III clinical trials.In the second part, chapters deal with conditions requiring anticoagulant therapy, including atrial fibrillation, acute coronary syndromes and prosthetic heart valves. Other chapters cover pregnancy and paediatrics.A number of short miscellaneous appendices in diagrammatic or tabular format make up the final pages. Diverse subjects such as the coagulation cascade, cancer-related thromboembolism, drug related thrombocytopaenia and disseminated intravascular coagulation are covered.This excellent book has been written by authors who are experts in their fields of practice. It has met its objective in producing a useful guide for clinicians in any discipline caring for patients on anticoagulation therapy.Reviewer: Laurence A. Goldberg Laurence A. Goldberg is a pharmaceutical consultant in Bury, Lancashire --Laurence Goldberg"The Pharmaceutical Journal" (09/17/2011)

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