At the Elkhart General Hospital Anticoagulation Clinic, we believe you need special attention. With the help of pharmacists who are specially trained in the management of anticoagulants, the Clinic is dedicated to your care while on these medications. Our goal is to work with you so you understand your medications and how daily lifestyle decisions can affect how they work.
Why do I need a special clinic for my medications?
Anticoagulants, like warfarin (Coumadin®), help prevent the development of dangerous blood clots that can cause problems in the brain, legs or lungs. While necessary, these medications need special monitoring to make sure effective amounts are given without causing bleeding problems.
What happens at the Clinic?
During your visits, we check your blood utilizing state-of-the-art equipment to see if you have the right amount of medication in your body. All that is needed is a small amount of blood from a finger stick. There is no need to go to a separate lab facility and no need for huge needles.
Your INR result is available in a few seconds, and we discuss your therapy and talk about any dosage changes needed during your visit. Before you leave, you are provided with written instructions about what was discussed and when to come back for another check.
Instructions for your first appointment
For your first appointment, please park in the Visitor’s Parking Garage and enter through the Main Entrance. You will need to check in at the Pre-Registration Desk. Once you are checked in, take Elevator B to the Third Floor and turn to your right. Please don’t forget to bring the following for your first appointment:
• Photo identification
• Medical and prescription insurance cards
• All of your medications and supplements
A physician referral is required to participate in the Anticoagulation Clinic. The Clinic is open Monday through Friday, by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please call Integrated Patient Scheduling at 574-523-3444. For more information, call 574-389-4864.