Title

Implementation of an Order Set to Adhere to National Patient Safety Goals for Warfarin Therapy

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2013

Publication Title

Hospital Pharmacy

First Page

828

Last Page

833

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1310/hpj4810-828

Additional Publication URL

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3859278/

Abstract

Background:

In 2009, The Joint Commission mandated full compliance with National Patient Safety Goal (NPSG) 03.05.01 to reduce the likelihood of patient harm associated with anticoagulant therapy.

Methods:

We conducted a retrospective chart review of inpatients receiving warfarin at Methodist Hospital pre and post implementation of a warfarin order set between January 2008 and July 2011. The primary endpoint of this study was overall adherence to laboratory monitoring. Secondary endpoints included compliance with individual laboratory parameters, percentage of patient educational sessions completed prior to discharge, and percentage of appropriate follow-up arrangements documented on discharge.

Results:

A total of 707 patients were assessed. Overall adherence to laboratory monitoring parameters significantly improved from 71.8% to 87.5% (odds ratio [OR], 2.76; 95% CI, 1.87- 4.07; P < .001). Additional improvements were seen in patient education prior to discharge, and appropriate follow-up arrangements were documented at discharge.

Conclusions:

This analysis demonstrates that implementation of an order set assists in adherence to policies and procedures designed to address the NPSG 03.05.01. Additionally, pharmacy involvement in monitoring, educating, and arranging for follow-up may lead to successful completion of these parameters.

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