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Anticoagulation Achievement Awards

Is the anticoagulation care you receive from you GP, pharmacist, nurse or VTE team, brilliant? The prestigious Anticoagulation Achievement Awards are seeking applications from outstanding clinical teams and individuals who provide exemplary care for any patient who has been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation or a blood clot such as a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) or a PE (pulmonary embolism). If you know a clinician who makes all the difference to your care for any of these conditions, please share this information with them. If you are a clinician reading this please find out more about the awards to see if you could apply. Not only could you receive national recognition for your services and care, but also win a £1000 bursary. Further information and application form available on: www.anticoagulationawards.org

Questionnaire for people who self-test their INR

Do you use a home test for the monitoring of a medical condition? This could include measuring your blood glucose or your blood coagulation (INR). If so, we could like to invite you to participate in a questionnaire study. Your responses will be anonymous and the questionnaire can be completed online or in paper format and will take approximately 15-20 minutes. This study is being done by the NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operative London that is based at Imperial College London. The purpose of this research study is to user-test a questionnaire that we have designed with patients to measure how home test devices impact on the lives of their users. We believe that measuring this information will provide an important perspective when decisions are being made about whether or not to introduce a new test. For more information please click on the following link: https://imperial.eu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6W3lkthTUL2Ahr7 Alternatively, if you would like more details in paper format or have any other questions please contact Jeremy Huddy (Email j.huddy@imperial.ac.uk Telephone: 0203 3126532).

AF180 campaign launched

Campaign to prevent AF-related strokes launched today (15th June 2016) Over half a million people in the UK with atrial fibrillation are either not being given anticoagulant therapy to reduce their risk of stroke or are taking aspirin. ACE has joined with patient charities and healthcare professionals to to try to reduce the number of unceccessary AF-related strokes.


Preventing deep vein thrombosis by improving blood flow in the calf veins of the leg

Deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition that occurs when blood clots form inside a vein located deep in your leg. One possible way to help reduce the risk of blood clots is to increase the amount of blood flow through the calf veins. One device that can do that is the Geko device.
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Thrombosis Voices in Partnership Programme (ViPs) for patients

AntiCoagulation Europe (ACE) are working in partnership with LEO Pharma and their research partners to find people who have cancer and have experienced thrombosis (usually referred to as a blood clot, Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or a Pulmonary Embolism (PE) to join their ViP programme. The ViP programme is designed to bring patients with similar experiences together, so that they can share their stories and help to build activities and ideas which will improve the patient experience for many others. Please click on the title above to find out more.

NICE publishes options for local implementation of Novel Oral Anticoagulants

NICE has issued technology appraisal guidance on the use of the 4 non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs), apixaban, dabigatran, edoxaban and rivaroxaban, in several clinical settings. All 4 NOACs must be included in local formularies for use in line with this guidance, with no additional funding or formulary restrictions. nice.org.uk/guidance/ktt16


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Patient Experience Videos

By the end of 2016, there will be more than 1,000 people diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. One of the side effects of cancer and its treatment can be blood clots. Blood clots pose a very significant risk to cancer patients. Up to 20% of cancer patients will experience a blood clot.

Many patients are not made aware of there risk of developing a blood clot when they have cancer.

Teresa’s video shares her experience of having cancer and deep vein thrombosis.

 

Are you taking warfarin? Are you thinking about self-monitoring your INR? Roy’s video shares his experience of the benefits of self-monitoring

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