This guideline covers diagnosing and managing atrial fibrillation in adults. It aims to ensure that people receive the best management to help prevent harmful complications, in particular stroke and bleeding
Our range of anticoagulation courses are designed for those working with patients receiving anticoagulants, providing practical and clinically-focused training based on current guidelines and existing research evidence.
After completing this module you should:
- Understand the indications and contraindications of different anticoagulant drugs
- Be familiar with the starting doses of oral and injectable anticoagulant drugs and how to monitor these
- Know how to reverse the effects of anticoagulant drugs
- Appreciate the importance of giving patients adequate information about their proposed therapy and know what issues to cover.
After completing this module you should better appreciate:
- The harms caused by warfarin and how to avoid them
- The pros and cons of different models of care for long term anticoagulation
- Best practice for dose adjustment and ongoing monitoring of anticoagulation
- The advantages of computerised dosing support systems
- Recommendations for patients undergoing cardioversion, dental treatment, endoscopy, or surgery
A challenging module about AF from the well-respected BMJ Learning series.
The RCN's online learning resource on VTE is intended for a nursing audience ranging from health care assistants with little or no prior medical training, to registered nursing staff who have completed a degree.
This e-learning resource is designed to help nurses, pharmacists and junior doctors
understand quickly the concept of hospital-associated venous thromboembolism, how to prevent it and to identify which steps of the prevention pathway are necessary to audit