Anticoagulation Clinic

Our Services

The Anticoagulation Clinic at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center has three pharmacists and a Medical Director who help care for patients who take blood thinners. This clinic has been in operation for three decades, and is currently providing care for nearly 1200 patients.

The Anticoagulation Clinic is a telephone-based clinic, and educational classes for new patients on Monday or Thursday afternoons (1pm to 2pm; 2pm to 3pm). During the initial educational session, each pharmacist will spend time covering the following topics with new patients: (1) reviewing drug lists; (2) reason for taking blood thinner; (3) discuss history of taking other or the same blood thinners; (4) when to do laboratory testing; (5) when to go to the Emergency Room; (6) making smart diet choices to stay safe while taking blood thinner; and (7) reviewing contact information for the Anticoagulation Clinic. After the educational session, all contact with pharmacists will take place over the telephone.


specialization

Anticoagulation Clinic pharmacists are highly trained in the following areas of practice:

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choosing correct doses of blood thinner

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HELPING MANAGE DRUG INTERACTIONS WITH BLOOD THINNER (HUNDREDS OF DRUG INTERACTIONS)

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HELPING MANAGE PATIENTS ON BLOOD THINNER WHO NEED TO HAVE SURGERY

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HELPING MANAGE PATIENTS WHO EXPERIENCE BLEEDING WHILE ON BLOOD THINNER


FULL LIST OF SERVICES

  • Teach you about your medicine
  • Regular check-ins by phone to select the safest dose of blood thinner
  • Remind you about your scheduled labs ahead of time or when you are past due for lab checks
  • Help you with getting refills of blood thinner
  • Help you if you bleed while taking blood thinner​

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM US

Periodic phone calls to check in on your blood thinner dose and labs

Make sure any dietary supplements, herbal medicines, and non-prescription (or over-the-counter) medicines that you are taking are safe with your blood thinner ​​​​​​