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An Anticoagulation Safety Program in Home Care: Identifying Areas for Improvement With an Educational Program for Registered Nurses and Physical Therapists

SCHLEMMER, TANYA DNP, MSN, MHA, RN-BC, CCRN-CMC, CFNP

Home Healthcare Nurse: The Journal for the Home Care and Hospice Professional: January 2011 - Volume 29 - Issue 1 - p 13–20
doi: 10.1097/NHH.0b013e3181fe43df
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The 2008 National Patient Safety Goal program, directed by the Joint Commission (TJC), mandated safety improvements for anticoagulation therapy. In response, an urban, not-for-profit, Medicare-certified hospital Home Health Department identified the need to evaluate the Home Healthcare anticoagulation standards, safety practices, and patient/staff educational processes and materials. This Home Healthcare entity shall be referred to as the Agency for the purposes of this article.

Tanya Schlemmer, DNP, MSN, MHA, RN-BC, CCRN-CMC, CFNP, is a Clinical Nurse Level VI, Texas Health Presbyterian Home Healthcare, Dallas, TX.

Address for correspondence: Tanya Schlemmer, 6600 Red Bud Dr., Flower Mound, TX 75022 (tanyaschlemmer@texashealth.org).

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.