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Guidelines for anticoagulation

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 16 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:197
  1. F Taylor,
  2. M Ramsay,
  3. A Renton,
  4. H Cohen
  1. St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London NW10 7NS.

    EDITOR, - We previously reported an audit of anticoagulant treatment in 100 inpatients with thromboembolic disease.1 Review of the case notes showed incomplete adherence to hospital guidelines on anticoagulant treatment, suggesting that junior doctors either were unaware of the guidelines or found them inaccessible. The guidelines were therefore shortened to 11 important practice points and were pinned to all ward notice boards. The practice points also appeared on the computer screen whenever tests to measure the activated partial thromboplastin time with kaolin and the international normalised ratio …

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