CoaguNation Comes CloserPosted on: 25 April 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
Free counseling and discount vouchers for long-term patients on warfarin.
In the UK, more than a million people are currently taking warfarin. A 10% increase year-on-year is expected over the next decade.
Warfarin is prescribed to patients who are on oral anticoagulation therapy (OAT) to prevent the formation of clots in blood vessels and the chambers of the heart. People with conditions that put them at high risk of stroke or following a surgery, such as heart valve replacement, may be on OAT. Such patients need to have their warfarin monitored on a regular basis to minimise the risk of developing a clot or having a bleed.
The CoaguNation Bus Tour is taking place to provide long-term warfarin patients, and their family and friends, with an opportunity to learn more about the practical aspects and potential benefits of anticoagulation self-testing.
The bus will be stopping at 28 shopping centres and garden centres across the UK and Ireland between May and July 2008 and will be open to the public free of charge. Information will be provided on how people on warfarin can simply and safely check their own blood at home, as opposed to having to attend clinics at the hospital or GP surgery, allowing them more freedom and flexibility.
A local anticoagulation nurse will be on board to give practical advice and educational demonstrations on how to use self-testing kits. A member of the patient group AntiCoagulation Europe will provide first hand experience of self-testing.
A discount voucher on the purchase of a CoaguChek XS self-testing kit will be available (terms and conditions apply). Visitors will also be given educational material.
This event is sponsored by Roche Diagnostics, a pioneer in the development of anticoagulation monitoring systems, supported by the patient group AntiCoagulation Europe (ACE).
For more information and a full list of dates and locations / venues call free on 0808 1007666 or visit www.onwarfarin.co.uk.
Anticoagulation Europe (UK): www.anticoagulationeurope.org
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