Emergency management of patients being treated with oral anticoagulants

  • Franco Manzato | franco.manzato@aopoma.it Department of Laboratory Medicine, Azienda Ospedaliera Carlo Poma, Mantova, Italy.
  • Massimo Franchini Department of Laboratory Medicine, Azienda Ospedaliera Carlo Poma, Mantova, Italy.

Abstract

Vitamin K antagonists (VKA) are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the industrialized world. In fact, for decades, VKA have been the only orally available anticoagulant for the primary and secondary prevention of venous and arterial thrombotic events. Their efficacy has been widely demonstrated in a series of studies carried out in the 1990s. Since the incidences of atrial fibrillation and venous thromboembolism increase exponentially with age, the number of anticoagulated patients is destined to increase. This paper examines anticoagulation therapy management with particular attention to the use of VKA.

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oral anticoagulants, emergency treatment.
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2013-12-17
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Manzato, F., & Franchini, M. (2013). Emergency management of patients being treated with oral anticoagulants. Italian Journal of Medicine, 7(4), 234-241. https://doi.org/10.4081/itjm.2013.234