Pharmacist to New Grad Nurses
Tip of the day:
Can patient be on both Coumadin and Lovenox?
Patients who are admitted for afib or DVT/PE would need prompt anticoagulation. Coumadin prevents vitamin K production in the liver which is needed to make clotting factors. The effect of Coumadin is not immediate to achieve an INR of 2-3. Generally, the goal is to achieve an INR of 2-3 in about 3 to 5 days. In the meantime, Lovenox may be given to bridge.