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Table 1 Median completion time spent on warfarin treatment initiation protocols/procedures

From: Nurses’ self-reported time estimation of anticoagulation therapy: a survey of warfarin management in long-term care

Procedure Completion time per patient (minutes)
Baseline INR 20
Baseline PT and CBC 35
Dietary consult 20
Medication profile 20
Patient education 20
CBC at initiation of warfarin therapy 15
PRN order for INR levels when complications are suspected 15
  1. CBC = complete blood count; INR = international normalized ratio; PRN = pro re nata (as needed); PT = prothrombin time.