Anticoagulants (blood thinners) are drugs that prevent blood clots from forming. The effectiveness of anticoagulants can vary over time because of changes in diet, alcohol use and illness. As a result, many stroke and heart patients must receive monthly or even weekly finger sticks to test the clotting time of their blood and to adjust the dosage of blood thinners they are taking.
Unlike some programs with a 24-hour turnaround time for test results, DeKalb Health's Anticoagulation Services Clinic offers both test results and adjusted medication dosages within 15 minutes. Registered nurses operate our program, along with a pharmacist certified in anticoagulation therapy. DeKalb Health performs as many as 300 blood draws each month.
To participate, you need a referral and an order from your doctor. Once accepted, you can come to the clinic at a scheduled time. Just register and be tested with little or no wait. We accept most major insurance plans, along with Medicare and Medicaid. Our program is housed in the Outpatient Specialty Clinic, Suite C and is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8 am - 4:30 pm. Clinic hours in Butler and Garrett are also available.