Four warfarin tips for cardiologists

A South Australian coroner has criticised a cardiologist’s decision to use conventional mail to inform a patient’s GP about her initiation on warfarin treatment.

Deputy state coroner Anthony Schapel says the elderly woman’s death could have been avoided if her INR levels had been monitored and her dosage adjusted in the weeks after she started taking the drug.

However, a letter dictated by the cardiologist arrived at the GP nearly three weeks after treatment was initiated.

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