(HealthDay)—The Anticoagulation Forum has endorsed a new consensus statement aimed at optimizing the delivery of anticoagulation therapy to inpatients; the statement has been published in the May issue of the Annals of Pharmacotherapy.
Edith A. Nutescu, Pharm.D., from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and colleagues from the Anticoagulation Forum reviewed the medical literature to identify published articles relating to the standards of practice, national guidelines, patient safety initiatives, and regulatory requirements pertaining to anticoagulant use in the inpatient setting.
The recommendations endorsed by the Anticoagulation Forum and included in the statement are aimed at informing the development of coordinated care systems containing elements with demonstrated benefit in improvement of anticoagulation therapy outcomes. The paper addresses the areas of process, accountability, integration, standards of practice, provider education and competency, patient education, care transitions, and outcomes.
"This document provides consensus guidelines for anticoagulant therapy in the inpatient setting and serves as a companion document to prior guidelines relevant for outpatients," the authors write.