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Improving Warfarin Management

James Levett, M.D., Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA AHRQ Grant No. HS015830-01


This project applied ISO 9001 principles to establish a virtual anticoagulation clinic for two hospitals and two physician practices and resulted in the development of a model for developing safe care delivery systems. The toolkit features:

  • Tools for implementing a virtual anticoagulation clinic by other communities of providers.
  • Training materials on teaching ISO 9001 quality concepts.
  • Anticoagulation care guidelines.
  • Techniques for simplifying and controlling documents across multiple institutions and sites of care.
  • Guidelines for utilizing auditing, and corrective and preventive action plans to monitor clinical outcomes.
  • Patient education materials.

Target Audience

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, patients, caregivers.

Health Care Setting

Hospital care units, pharmacies, outpatient facilities.

Toolkit Web Site

AHRQ Products

Booklet—Blood Thinner Pills: Your Guide to Using Them Safely in English and Spanish.

Clinician Kit—Clinicians can receive a kit with 1 DVD of the video, 1 booklet, and 25 copies of a flier listing free resources that address how to use blood thinners safely by calling 800-358-9295 and requesting AHRQ Publication No. 09-0086.


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Page last reviewed October 2004
Internet Citation: Improving Warfarin Management. October 2004. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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