News | Published April 25, 2013

Individual needs part of services provided at Outpatient Anticoagulation Clinic

Abnormal blood clotting can cause serious consequences if not managed effectively. The Outpatient Anticoagulation Clinic at Mount Nittany Medical Center provides this management with integrated services that attend to patient needs in a single visit.

With just one stop at the clinic, patients are evaluated for anticoagulant drugs’ side effects, tested for INR levels, and given results within a matter of seconds. For people taking blood thinners, it is important to make sure that the medication is working properly to avoid serious complications.

To help ensure safe treatment, a healthcare provider will draw a blood sample and test how long it takes the blood to clot. This measurement is then compared with an established average, the International Normalized Ratio (INR).

The Outpatient Anticoagulation Clinic functions efficiently thanks in large part to the specially trained pharmacists who have ample experience in treating patients taking anticoagulant drugs.

This integrated approach at the clinic provides several advantages, including opportunities for the pharmacists to address individual patient needs. They can also efficiently monitor patient problems, and provide the environment for more patient management for their own condition.

“The pharmacists are some of the finest people I have met. They are extremely knowledgeable and they all genuinely care,” said Bruce Rutter, a patient at the clinic. “I really feel that the pharmacists are very caring and capable.”

The Anticoagulation Clinic is planning a move to provide more space and facilitate an increase in services. Because blood clots can be an issue for cancer patients, the Lance and Ellen Shaner Cancer Pavilion is slated to house the Outpatient Anticoagulation Clinic in its beneficial and convenient environment. 

For more information on the services provided by the Outpatient Anticoagulation Clinic at Mount Nittany Medical Center, visit