Mercy Health - St. Elizabeth Boardman Anticoagulation Clinic
45 McClurg Road
Boardman, Ohio 44512
Goal of the Anticoagulation Clinic
The Mercy Health - Western Reserve Coagulation Clinic is designed to meet the specific need of patients on warfarin (Coumadin®) therapy. Patients on long-term anticoagulation therapy must be closely monitored to assure safe and effective treatment. The goal is to help these patients maintain optimal health through a coordinated process of care involving the patient, family, pharmacists, and doctors. There are major complications that may occur with warfarin (Coumadin®) therapy, including bleeding and recurrent blood clots. These complications are usually a result of over- or under-anticoagulation and can result in frequent blood testing, increased office visits, and even hospitalization. The anticoagulation clinic seeks to minimize such problems by providing high quality and convenient services to patients prescribed warfarin (Coumadin®).
- The clinic solely provides services related to warfarin (Coumadin®) therapy. These include:
- Lab work (INR) for monitoring warfarin (Coumadin®) is provided at the clinic. This is done using a point-of-care meter that requires only a small drop of blood from the finger. It provides accurate results within seconds.
- Warfarin (Coumadin®) dose adjustments are made at the time of visit. A written copy of your warfarin (Coumadin®) dosage is provided to you at every visit.
- You will receive important information related to warfarin (Coumadin®) therapy, including drug and food interactions and side effects. The importance of warfarin (Coumadin®) therapy and compliance is also addressed.
- The clinic can authorize prescription refills for warfarin (Coumadin®).
- An anticoagulation clinic pharmacist is available for questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Referral to the Clinic
Your doctor has to refer you to the clinic. This is normally the doctor who is currently managing your warfarin (Coumadin®), most likely your family doctor or cardiologist. There is some paperwork that needs to be completed. Your doctor’s office and the anticoagulation clinic will work on getting the paperwork complete.
Most often Medicare, Medicaid, and other insurance companies cover participation in an anticoagulation clinic. Your coverage will depend upon your specific plan. Be sure to bring your insurance card(s) with you to the clinic.
You will see a certified anticoagulation pharmacist at each visit. The pharmacist, under supervision of the anticoagulation clinic medical doctor, will adjust warfarin (Coumadin®) therapy. Your doctor(s) will receive reports of your lab work (INR) and warfarin (Coumadin®) dosage.
You will need an appointment for each visit. Your first visit to the clinic is approximately 30-45 minutes. Subsequent visits last about 15 minutes. The initial visit is the longest because the pharmacist provides you with warfarin (Coumadin®) education and answers your questions about warfarin (Coumadin®) and the clinic.