Anticoagulation (warfarin/Coumadin) Clinic
It is critical for patients who are on blood thinning medications, particularly warfarin (Coumadin®) to have their blood levels checked regularly. In order to make this process as quick and convenient as possible, the Pharmacy Department at YRMC operates an Anticoagulation Clinic. This clinic is run by pharmacists who have expertise in managing blood-thinning medications. Unlike traditional labs that can take a day or more to provide blood test results, the Anticoagulation Clinic makes it possible for patients to have their blood tested and medication adjusted, if necessary, in one quick visit.
How the Clinic Works
Patients must have a referral form filled out by the doctor that currently manages their blood-thinning medications, and an appointment is required. During the first visit, which takes about 30 minutes, the pharmacist provides one-on-one education about blood thinning drugs and a packet of educational materials. Follow-up visits take only about 15 minutes.
At each visit, patients will have a finger stick to obtain blood for the test, which is run on the spot. The pharmacist discusses the results with the patient, and, if needed, adjusts the medication at that time. The patient's doctor is notified of any adjustments that were made.
YRMC Clinic Location:
Yuma Regional Kachina Medical Plaza
2451 S. Avenue A, Suite B101 (Inside First Health)
Clinic Hours: Monday thru Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Foothills Clinic Location
Yuma Regional Outpatient Laboratory
11282 N. Frontage Rd.
Clinic Hours: Tuesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For questions or directions, please call the Anticoagulation Clinic at 928-336-1378.