Since opening November 8, 2012 on the third floor of the Medical Towers, the Lovelace Anti-Coagulation Clinic has logged 325 patient visits as of November 30. Pharmacist and Anti-Coagulation Clinic Manager Carly Cloud only expects that number to rise.
Cloud and her team established the clinic after recognizing a need in the community. They launched the clinic to help patients manage their blood thinner therapy, while providing an accessible and experienced staff for seamless patient care. “We take walk-ins,” Cloud says. “They can be seen the same day and if they are brand-new to blood thinner medication, we would like to take a referral to understand why they are on it and for how long.”
If patients have been on blood thinners, like Coumadin or Warfarin, for several years, Cloud says they can test their INR blood levels that day, have the results within a minute and get started monitoring and adjusting medication. At that first visit, the staff will request and review the patient’s medical records from their previous or referring provider.
Most patients visit the clinic on a monthly basis. However, if medication changes are required, they may come to test their blood levels more frequently. Cloud says an advantage of this clinic is being able to receive blood level results within a minute to adjust medications immediately. Cloud suggests patients take the daily pill in the evening to allow for more responsive changes if needed, following their visit to the clinic.
While this clinic is new for Lovelace, Cloud and her team bring nearly 20 years of experience helping patients safely manage their blood levels. “This is not new for us. The clinic is new, but we’ve been doing this for many years,” she said. “We focus on making sure they understand their medication, during their visits or in between. We are available all day for patients to call in and have their questions answered.”
The clinic also serves out-of-town patients remotely to provide added ease and access to timely medication adjustments. They only need to visit the clinic in person for their first visit, and then establish a relationship with a local lab for regular blood level testing. The clinic works with remote labs and pharmacies to receive results and coordinate medication adjustments.
If you have questions regarding your blood thinner medications or would like to find out more about the Lovelace Coumadin Clinic, please call 505-727-2850.