Resources for Anticoagulation Practitioners
College of Chest Physicians
The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) is a medical
specialty society of physicians, surgeons, allied health professionals, and
individuals with PhD degrees who specialize in diseases of the chest: pulmonology,
cardiology, cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgery, hypertension, critical
care medicine, and related disciplines.
The Anticoagulation Forum is an organization of anticoagulation
clinics in North America. One of the features of this site is a directory that
will allow you to search for an anticoagulation clinic/specialist in your area.
Management Certificate Program
The University of Southern Indiana School of Nursing and
Health Professions is offering an interactive Internet continuing education
program for health care professionals, who want to develop the knowledge and
skills necessary for effective, coordinated anticoagulant therapy management.
Continuing education credits vary based on discipline. The course is offered
five times a year and costs $500.
BloodLine is a good resource for healthcare professionals.
The site provides publications on topics relating to hematology and oncology.
Commission on Accredidation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
JCAHO Mission: To continuously improve the safety and quality
of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation
and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations.
Certification Board for Anticoagulation Providers (NCBAP)
In order to optimize the care of patients receiving anticoagulant
therapy, the mission is to develop, maintain and protect the Certified Anticoagulation
Care Provider (CACP) credential and the certification process.
The National Quality Forum (NQF) is a private, not-for-profit
membership organization created to develop and implement a national strategy
for healthcare quality measurement and reporting.
Thrombosis-Consult.com has a lot of good resources for healthcare
professionals, including free CME opportunities.
ClotCare Online Resource
ClotCare provides information for clinicians and patients/caregivers
on anticoagulation topics such as Coumadin, warfarin, anticoagulant medications,
blood clots, DVT, PT, INR, cancer, thromboembolism, atrial fibrillation, and
This is a free web site to help doctors and other clinicians
begin warfarin therapy by estimating the therapeutic dose in patients new to
warfarin. This site is supported by the Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington
University Medical Center, the NIH, and donations. Estimates are based on clinical
factors and (when available) genotypes of two genes: cytochrome P450 2C9 (CYP2C9)
and vitamin K epoxide reductase (VKORC1).
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