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