Following another successful conference CLOT are always looking to the future. The date for the conference in 2016 will be Friday 14/10/16 more details to follow.
World Thrombosis day is fast approaching and the ISTH have many resources that can be used to promote VTE awareness on their website. www.isth.org
Are your team doing anything to promote WTD? If so let CLOT know and we will be pleased to share your story.
An educational programme to encourage adherence to the new anticoagulant apixaban (Eliquis, Bristol Myers-Squibb), in the first 6 months of treatment in AF patients made no difference to compliance rates in the Assessment of an Education and Guidance Programme for Eliquis Adherence in Non-Valvular Atrial Fibrillation (AEGEAN) study.
Education included a patient information booklet explaining AF and anticoagulant treatment for stroke prevention, reminder tools (key ring, mobile phone alerts), and access to a virtual clinic with staff from existing anticoagulation clinics. Adherence was measured using an electronic device that holds a blister pack of medication and records each time the pack is removed. At 24 weeks, the adherence rate was 88.5% in the control group and 88.3% in the education group (P=0.89), and persistence rates were 90.5% and 91.1% respectively (P=0.76).
Whether these figures persist longer than 24 weeks remains to be seen. Long term adherence to a medication regimen may be more difficult to achieve without professional support.
NICE has issued guidance (13/07/15) approving the use of Edoxaban for the treatment and secondary prevention of DVT/PE. To read the full report, click here
We are pleased to report that CLOT have been asked by the British Society of Haematology to present a session during next year’s meeting in Glasgow. This is an exciting opportunity as we will be the only nursing and allied profession organisation who will be presenting. Our provisional programme there includes sessions on whole leg vs upper leg ultrasound scanning, how long to anticoagulate for post VTE diagnosis and community v hospital acquired thrombosis. The website for the event is as below and more details to follow once the programme is confirmed.