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Aug 2012: Anticoagulants

Should patients at risk for falling receive anticoagulants? Find out the answer to this question and others in the August 2012 issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

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Anticoagulation-associated Adverse Drug Events

Most anticoagulant-associated adverse drug events (70%) are potentially preventable. Transcription errors comprise the most frequent root cause of anticoagulant-associated medication errors. In turn, medication errors are a common root cause of anticoagulant-associated adverse drug reactions. Abstract Purpose Anticoagulant drugs are among the most common medications that cause adverse drug events (ADEs) in hospitalized patients. We […]

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Are Atrial Fibrillation Patients Receiving Warfarin in Accordance with Stroke Risk?

In this study, less than half of patients with atrial fibrillation/atrial flutter received warfarin following their diagnosis. Similar proportions of patients with low, moderate, and high stroke risk received warfarin. This suggests that it may be underused in patients with high stroke risk and overused among patients with low stroke risk. Abstract Background Clinical guidelines […]

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