Anticoagulation Therapy Services National Summit
Friday 28 April 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London
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This summit focuses on delivering excellence in anticoagulation services. Through expert sessions and practical case studies the conference will look the components of an excellent anticoagulation service that are essential for delivering effectiveness, quality and patient safety.
“Excellent anticoagulation services for a local population should be patient-centred and directly involve users and carers.” London Clinical Networks 2016
The conference will open with a patient perspective on excellence in anticoagulation services, and continues with a clinical perspective from the authors of “Excellence in anticoagulant care” published in 2016. A key element of an excellent service is involvement of users and carers, the practicalities of which will be considered within the opening session.
The conference continues with an extended session on NICE Quality Standard AF180: Monitoring Progress and adherence to the Quality Standard on Atrial Fibrillation. NICE has recommended that anticoagulants should be offered instead of aspirin for stroke prevention. Implementing CG180 may result in approximately 10,000 fewer strokes per year in people with AF, however Anticoagulation Europe state that “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”.
“Two years on from the Guideline being issued to healthcare providers, a review was announced of anonymized GP practice data, from across the UK which showed that, even in 2016: 140,402 AF patients were receiving no treatment for stroke prevention, and, 120,906 AF patients were still only on aspirin for stroke prevention…. Separate data from the end of 2015 looking at stroke services found that over one fifth of stroke patients are in AF on admission, less than half of these patients are taking anticoagulants”
Afternoon sessions will focus on improving safety in anticoagulation practice and reducing medication errors, complex anticoagulation issues such as anticoagulation in the frail, restarting anticoagulation after a bleed, oral anticoagulants combined with anti-platelet drugs, the management of new oral anticoagulants, case study analysis and an in depth session developing your skills in root cause analysis of an anticoagulation incident.
100% of the delegates at our last anticoagulation therapy conference would recommend this conference.