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Complications Associated With Oral Anticoagulation Therapy

Howard, Patricia Kunz PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAAN

Section Editor(s): Howard, Patricia Kunz PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAAN; Column Editor; Shapiro, Susan E. PhD, RN, FAAN; Column Editor

doi: 10.1097/TME.0b013e3182a9e9a2
Research to Practice

Review of recent evidence with translation to practice for the advanced practice nurse (APN) role is presented using a case study module for “Complications Associated With Oral Anticoagulation Therapy.” The study results showed that bleeding complications were most often due to gastrointestinal bleeding associated with anticoagulants (dabigatran 80% and warfarin 48%). The implications and clinical relevance of these findings for APNs are discussed highlighting best evidence.

Emergency Services, University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, Lexington.

Corresponding Author: Patricia Kunz Howard, PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN, NE-BC, FAEN, FAAN, Emergency Services, University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, Lexington, KY 40536 (pkhoward@uky.edu).

Disclosure: The author reports no conflicts of interest.

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.