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Leon Poller, Michelle Keown, Saied A Ibrahim, Felix J M van der Meer, Anton M H P van den Besselaar, Armando Tripodi, Jørgen Jespersen, Pieter Meijer, Cornelis Kluft
BACKGROUND: There is a need for dependable quality assessment (QA) of the widely used CoaguChek point-of-care testing prothrombin time monitor. By use of the prescribed set of 5 CoaguChek certified international normalized ratio (INR) QA plasmas, we compared the reliability of the immediate QA of individual monitors described in the European Community-recommended Technology Implementation Plan with conventional external QA analysis. METHODS: Experienced staff tested CoaguChek point-of-care monitors in routine use for controlling oral anticoagulant dosage at 9 Netherlands Thrombosis Service Centres...
October 2006: Clinical Chemistry
Pam Perrin Perrero, Deborah F Willoughby, Julie A Eggert, Sandra Harley Counts
Oral anticoagulant therapy with war farin is commonly used to prevent thromboembolic events in patients at risk. The degree of anticoagulation is variable among individuals and is influenced by many factors; therefore, patients must be monitored frequently to assess for potential adverse effects related to treatment. Individuals older than age 65 are at particular risk for thromboembolic events as well as anticoag ulant-related complications. Because of these factors, elderly individuals pose a unique challenge in maintain ing anticoagulant control...
July 2004: Journal of Gerontological Nursing
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