Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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I'll call Obama


For those that may not know, I do medication reviews on nursing home residents. I look at their drug regimen, vitals, labs, etc and ensure everything is a-okay. One day I came across this gem.

Background: INR is a lab that is needed to monitor Coumadin, a blood thinner. It's used to ensure that the level is therapeutic. Being too high increases the risk of bleeding and being too low, it's not effective. This lab needs to be done frequently when on this drug.

And apparently, this particular resident was not on Coumadin.

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  1. Edwin and Lilly said... May 1, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    hahaha.... So this poor patient has had his blood drawn to check INR, even though he's not on Coumadin? lol.

  2. JT said... May 2, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Yeah stuff like this happens too often. Med aides giving the wrong drug... another discontinued an order because she couldn't find the med... it's unreal.

    The take home note: Don't send anyone you love to a nursing home.

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