Anticoagulation (ATC) Clinic
The Anticoagulation Clinic (ATC) at Guttenberg Municipal Hospital helps patients taking anticoagulation medication, or blood thinners, manage their health for a better quality of life.
Anticoagulation therapy is used for the prevention and treatment of blood clots and related medical conditions such as atrial fibrillation, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, total joint replacement and other vascular conditions. These medications, while necessary for the patient’s health, can cause problems if not managed closely. By monitoring PT/INR levels, the ATC clinic helps prevent hospitalizations related to clotting or bleeding.
Our patient-focused approach includes point-of-care testing using finger-stick tests and accurate portable monitors. Because results are available immediately, nurses can review results with the patient and discuss treatment decisions during the same visit. The clinic also assists patients who are required to stop taking their medication prior to surgery or other procedures.
The ATC Clinic is administered by certified registered nurses who have extensive training in pharmacology and hematology. ATC Clinics are offered several days a month, making appointment scheduling convenient.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call Deb Preston, Anticoagulation Clinic Coordinator at (563) 252-5580.