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Reversing the effects of warfarin

Reversing the effects of warfarin

Format

Expert Perspective

Time to Complete

0.5 hours

Published

November 11, 2015

Updated

June 10, 2016

Programme Description

Dr Shruthi Patel and Dr John Hanley explain how to reverse the anticoagulant effects of warfarin should a patient develop bleeding. Key education points for GPs and other healthcare professionals include recognising signs of bleeding and prescribing vitamin K appropriately.

Educational Objectives

After reading this activity healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Confidently prescribe small doses of vitamin K in non-bleeding patients whose INR is raised
  • Recognise the signs of bleeding in a patient taking warfarin and manage appropriately
  • Advise patients on signs and symptoms of bleeding
  • Faculty

    Activity authors
    Dr Shruthi Patel
    Specialty trainee in clinical radiology
    Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Newcastle
    United Kingdom

    Dr John Hanley
    Consultant haematologist
    Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Newcastle
    United Kingdom

    Test author
    Dr Katie Collier
    GP
    Kent
    United Kingdom

    INSTRUCTIONS

    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 0.5 learning credits (0.5 hours learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time. This activity is offered at no cost.

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