Exploring point-of-care testing of capillary blood in warfarin management

Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia
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Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research, 2008, 38 (4), pp. 300 - 304
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Background: Long-term warfarin therapy requires intensive laboratory monitoring of venous blood. Reliable and efficient pointofcare testing (POCT) of capillary blood offers an alternative to laboratory monitoring. Aim: To explore the perceptions of health professionals to POCT in warfarin management and to identify the models of monitoring warfarinised patients preferred by health professionals. Method: An exploratory descriptive study that purposively sampled health professionals (hospital pharmacists, specialists, nurses, general practitioners) involved in the management of anticoagulated patients and practising within an area health service. Health professionals were invited to participate in a group discussion on POCT and to then complete a brief survey ranking proposed monitoring models incorporating POCT.
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