We are pleased to announce a new service availabe at our Clarion campus for anyone needing assistance in monitoring their INR numbers. Every Wednesday morning from 8:00-11:30 a.m., an INR clinic, located across from the lab department, will be available for patients monitoring their blood thinning medications. Patients must have a referral from their heatlhcare providers, who will then make an appointment with the INR clinic.
INR stands for International Normalized Ratio. Our pharmacists measure a patient's INR level during a PT-INR test. The PT stands for prothrombin time. The test measures how much time it takes for a patient's blood to clot. This test ensures that patients are receiving the dosage of blood thinner, such as Coumadin or Warfarin, that is right for them. The actual procedure requires a simple finger-stick and is ran in a small machine similar to diabetic testing.
“We are very pleased to be able to offer our patients this INR clinic at a regularly scheduled time,” stated Lance Fischer, Pharmacy Leader. “It will be a win for our patients to know they can get in and get those INR numbers checked, and make sure their results and dosage are right on schedule. An INR clinic has been available at our Belmond Campus for approximately a year now, and we're glad to expand the service to our Clarion campus."
Pictured above patient, Beverly Boomgarden, has an PT-INR test performed by Alanya Young, RN, and Lance Fischer, Pharmacist.