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Oral Anticoagulants | Dosing Protocol

Purpose:

To start warfarin therapy in a patient with deep vein thrombosis using the algorithm of Fennerty et al.

Specialty:

Hematology, Hematology

Objective:

dosage calculations, dosage adjustments

ICD-10:

I80

Description:

Fennerty et al developed a protocol for starting oral anticoagulant therapy in a patient being treated with intravenous heparin for deep vein thrombosis. This can help prevent the overdosing of a patient that can occur when a single loading dose is given for several consecutive days. The authors are from Llandough Hospital in South Glamorgan and the Welsh National School of Medicine in Cardiff.

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