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Introduction
Learning Objectives
Target Audience
Credit Designation

This course uses case studies to reinforce key points about perioperative management of patients who are receiving anticoagulant therapy.

  • To identify procedure and minor surgery types in which patients’ anticoagulants can be safely continued, without interruption.
  • To be able to manage the perioperative interruption and resumption of Vitamin K antagonists (VKA) in patients with either atrial fibrillation (AF), a mechanical heart valve (MHV) or venous thromboembolism (VTE) who require an elective surgery/procedure.
  • To identify VKA-treated patients who need heparin bridging during VKA interruption and to be able to administer heparin bridging in a safe manner according to the latest scientific evidence.
  • To be able to manage the perioperative interruption and resumption of Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs) in patients who require an elective surgery/procedure.
  • To identify when patients need perioperative heparin bridging.
  • To identify when patients need perioperative coagulation testing.
  • To be able to manage patients on VKAs or DOACs who need an urgent surgery/procedure.

Physicians treating patients who are receiving anticoagulant therapy who require surgery.

AMA Credit Designation Statement:

The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this Internet Enduring for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Credit is avalaible for this course until October 17, 2019. To receive credit, the participant must complete the course, the quiz and the evaluation.

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Perioperative Management of Patients who are Receiving Anticoagulant Therapy
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