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Table 4 Median time spent on protocols/procedures not related to monitoring residents who are stable 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
Document therapy/bleeding precautions on the patient’s care plan 12 1
Order next INR test 5 1
Consult referring physician for all coagulation test results out of range 5 1
Adjust the warfarin dose when the therapeutic goals are not being met 5 1
Document dosing changes in the patient’s chart 10 1
Manage drug-related problems with the physician 5 1
Establish patient’s scheduled dosing time 5 1
Provide routine education 5 3
Make CNAs aware of warfarin residents and care plan 5 3
  1. CNA = Certified Nursing Assistant; INR = international normalized ratio.