Friday 23 June, 2006
Original article by: Michael Tam
This is an index page linking a series of articles on anticoagulation.
The delicate balance rages within the human body. At any one time, we are simultaneously at risk from both bleeding to death and transforming into one huge blood clot. The fact that we manage to stay alive at all is quite remarkable.
Anticoagulation with a number of different agents and dealing with the subsequent side-effects of our ministrations is neither simple nor done particularly well by many junior medical staff. In particular, warfarin regimens and adjustments of doses are often based more on voodoo and prayer to the warfarin god, than on any basis in evidence.
Hopefully, this series of articles will help bring some light to this murky field. More so than many of my other articles, I’ve tried to reference the evidence base for therapy.
- How to start warfarin therapy
- How to use unfractionated heparin
- How to use low molecular weight heparin
- Anticoagulation for prevention of venous thromboembolism
- How to stop warfarin for surgery
- How to reverse warfarin
- How to reverse unfractionated heparin
- How to reverse low molecular weight heparin