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Table 2 Median time spent on protocols/procedures related to monitoring residents newly initiated on warfarin therapy

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

Protocols/procedures Completion time per patient (minutes) Weekly frequency
PT/INR until the warfarin dose is established 15 2
Document/monitor laboratory values on the anticoagulation care/flow sheet 5 2
Monitor for bruising, bleeding, symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding 5 7
Routine physical assessment to monitor for signs and symptoms of bleeding 8 7
  1. INR = international normalized ratio; PT = prothrombin time.