Calvert Memorial Hospital's Anti-Coagulation Clinic helps patients on blood thinners like Coumadin manage their medications. Regular monitoring is very important for these patients because when used incorrectly or without regular blood tests, anticoagulants can cause serious side effects. Too much can cause patients to bleed more easily and too little can put patients at risk for forming clots. At the clinic, patients can have their blood drawn, get their results immediately and a pharmacist or nurse practitioner can adjust the dosage if necessary and answer any questions.
The Anti-Coagulation Clinic is located in RDU (rapid decision unit) which is attached to the ED and next to the Radiology waiting area.It is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Fridays 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Appointments are necessary. Most insurance plans cover this service and a physician referral is required.