Sutter Anticoagulation Management Program
Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region
1-800-544-1808 option 3
Patients taking anticoagulation (blood-thinning) medicine to prevent blood clots from forming can take advantage of the Anticoagulation Management Program to monitor their treatment. The way anticoagulation medication reacts in a patient's body can be affected by a number of things, so it's important patients receive frequent blood tests and proper education on the medication and possible side effects. Sutter registered nurses, anticoagulation management specialists and representatives stay abreast of conditions that need attention and keep physicians informed. Regular contact with patients enables early detection of problems and timely medication adjustments.
Through the program, patients and their families gain insight into their medical condition, possible drug interactions with foods and other medications, potential adverse reactions, how to tell if they have too much or too little medication in their system, exercise modifications and other important information. Patients receive training on taking medication properly, and on symptoms and changes in their condition that should be reported.
Patients who participate in the program are asked to report any changes in their daily routines, including changes in diet, new medications, abnormal bleeding or other side effects, and other concerns that could be related to anticoagulation therapy.
The Sutter Anticoagulation Management Program holds Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) Disease-Specific Certification. For information on the Sutter Anticoagulation Management Program, please call 1-800-544-1808 option 3.