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Principles and nursing management of anticoagulation

Nursing Standard

evidence & practice

Anticoagulant drugs are widely used in hospital and community settings. Anticoagulation is the first-line treatment for venous thromboembolism, and anticoagulant...

Use of dabigatran to prevent stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation

06 March 2013

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a major risk factor for ischaemic stroke. Anticoagulant therapy, such as warfarin, is prescribed to prevent stroke in patients with AF....

Safe practice for patients receiving anticoagulant therapy

20 January 2010

Nursing Standard


Venous thrombolembolism, although largely preventable, continues to be a major cause of death in hospitalised patients. The anticoagulant drugs used to prevent and...

A nurse’s guide to direct oral anticoagulants

05 January 2021

Nursing Standard


Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) have provided a practical alternative to warfarin sodium and low molecular weight heparin for people requiring anticoagulation....

Atrial fibrillation: symptoms, risk factors, assessment and management

16 January 2023

Nursing Standard


Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, and its prevalence increases significantly with age. It is linked to serious adverse outcomes,...

Diagnosis and management of patients with atrial fibrillation

26 April 2018

Nursing Standard

Atrial fibrillation is a common cardiac arrhythmia and is the most frequent arrhythmia experienced by older people. It is caused by chaotic electrical activity in...

Non-medical prescribing: a reflective case study on prescribing anticoagulation for deep vein thrombosis

20 March 2019

Emergency Nurse


Prescribing is a high-risk, complex skill. There are more than 50,000 nurse prescribers in the UK, and it is important that they undertake regular reflection on...