The Anticoagulation Clinic at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse uses a team approach — you, your doctor and a registered nurse — to best manage your anticoagulation therapy. Our team's goal is to ensure your use of medications, like warfarin or coumadin, is effective. We also work to lessen the risk of complications that sometimes may come with using these medications.
Your family members are welcome at appointments so your circle of loved ones also understand your treatment plan. Questions are welcome at any time, either at appointments or by phone.
Your physician will complete a written referral to the Anticoagulation Clinic if he or she believes your condition warrants. You will be contacted by a nurse from the clinic, and an initial appointment will be scheduled.
Once enrolled in the Anticoagulation Clinic, your relationship with the registered nurses will involve these steps or activities:
- Perform a blood test (INR) by obtaining a drop of blood from your finger.
- Make adjustments to your warfarin or coumadin dose based on the results of this test.
- Instruct you in the medication dosage and how to take it safely.
- Help you understand how your diet affects your medication's effectiveness.
- Help you be aware of warning signs and other indicators while taking anticoagulants.
- Help you to know what to do if you are ill or injured.
The nurse will record your information in your electronic health record for your physician to view.
Your primary care provider
The Anticoagulation Clinic does not take the place of your regular primary care provider visits for routine care or illness. Your provider will always be the director of your ongoing medical care.
In partnership with your regular physician, the registered nurse will:
- Conduct the routine management of your anticoagulation care.
- Make adjustments in your therapy according to protocols adapted by your physician.
- Be an additional resource for you.
If at any time your condition requires a physician's care, the nurse will contact your provider on your behalf.
You are asked to contact Anticoagulation Clinic staff with questions or concerns about your therapy, or in any of these instances: visits to the Emergency Department, hospitalizations, introduction of new antibiotics or changes in diet.
The Anticoagulation Clinic is located on the second floor of the La Crosse Campus clinic building.