The formation of blood clots is a common ailment associated with aging. If left untreated, blood clots can cause serious problems such as heart attack, stroke, and even death. For this reason, many nursing home residents take an anticoagulant medication. If used properly, these medications can be life-sustaining. However, when anticoagulation medication is not properly monitored there can be serious consequences.
Unfortunately, if nursing home staff fail to use anticoagulants as directed, residents could experience blood clots, brain bleeds, internal bleeding, heart attacks and strokes. Mismanagement may also increase severity of other injuries and increase the risk of falls. As a result, nursing home staff should take extra precaution with elders that are prescribed anticoagulants.
Luckily, the risk of anticoagulants can be easily mitigated. Proper care involves monitoring, tests, and communication with the patient about their condition. Nursing home staff must also exercise appropriate oversight when administering the drugs to prevent a physician or pharmacy error.
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