The National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) is pleased to introduce a new resource for patients focused on managing bleeding and clotting risks before, during, and after surgical, dental, or other medical procedures, also known as the periprocedural period. This resource was developed by NBCA in collaboration with IPRO, a national not-for-profit organization providing a full spectrum of healthcare assessment and improvement services that foster more efficient use of resources and enhance healthcare quality to achieve better patient outcomes.
Millions of people depend on anticoagulants – also known as “blood thinners” – to prevent life-threatening blood clots. As with any medication, there are potential risks when taking blood thinners. These risks include unwanted, or even dangerous, bleeding. Surgery and invasive medical procedures can increase the risk of serious bleeding. Stopping blood thinners can increase the risk for blood clots, due to the underlying risk factor(s) for which a blood thinner was originally prescribed. Many times, these bleeding and clotting risks can be complicated for patients to understand.
It is just as important for patients to understand their bleeding and clotting risks, as it is for healthcare providers to manage these risks. The new downloadable resources are designed to help patients understand how important it is to be aware of their bleeding and clotting risks as they pertain to surgery, or other medical procedures.
Click here to read this new information about managing anticoagulants before, during, and after medical procedures.