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Actions that can make anticoagulant therapy safer: Work competences

Reference number
0233
Issue date01 March 2007
TypeAlert

Anticoagulants are one of the classes of medicines most frequently identified as causing preventable harm and admission to hospital.

The National Reporting and Learning Service (NRLS) issued a Patient Safety Alert advises healthcare organisations to take steps to manage the risks associated with the prescribing, dispensing and administering of anticoagulants.

 

Healthcare organisations must ensure that staff who prescribe, adjust the dosage, dispense, prepare, administer, monitor and discharge patients on anticoagulant therapy have received adequate training to ensure they have the necessary work competences to undertake their duties safely.

 

E-learning on the BMJ website

The NRLS has commissioned e-learning modules on initiating and maintaining anticoagulant therapy:

The NRLS has also developed a series of work competences, which are listed below.

 

See also:

Initiating oral anticoagulant therapy - Workforce competence statement 1
Initiating oral anticoagulant therapy - Workforce competence statement 1 - 40 KB 0233A - Initiating oral anticoagulant therapy - Workforce competence statement 1 - 2007-03 - V1
Maintaining oral anticoagulant therapy - Workforce competence statement 2
Maintaining oral anticoagulant therapy - Workforce competence statement 2 - 115 KB 0233B - Maintaining oral anticoagulant therapy - Workforce competence statement 2 - 2007-03 - V1
Managing anticoagulants in patients requiring dental surgery - Workforce competence statement 3
Managing anticoagulants in patients requiring dental surgery - Workforce competence statement 3 - 30 KB 0233C - Managing anticoagulants in patients requiring dental surgery - Workforce competence statement 3 - 2007-03 - V1
Dispensing oral anticoagulants - Workforce competence statement 4
Dispensing oral anticoagulants - Workforce competence statement 4 - 91 KB 0233D - Dispensing oral anticoagulants - Workforce competence statement 4 - 2007-03 - V1
Preparing and administering heparin therapy - Workforce competence statement 5
Preparing and administering heparin therapy - Workforce competence statement 5 - 119 KB 0233E - Preparing and administering heparin therapy - Workforce competence statement 5 - 2007-03 - V1
Reviewing the safety and effectiveness of an anticoagulant service - Workforce competence statement
Reviewing the safety and effectiveness of an anticoagulant service - Workforce competence statement - 109 KB 0233F - Reviewing the safety and effectiveness of an anticoagulant service - Workforce competence statement 6 - 2007-03 - V1