Healthcare Professional Testimonials
A Healthcare Professional's Experience with Patient Self Testing
Healthcare Professionals who treat Warfarin patients express satisfaction that they can help improve their patient’s quality of life while minimizing health risks.
Introduction: Dr. Christoph Sucker on anticoagulation management
Dr. Christoph Sucker is an expert in the field of Coagulation Disorders. In this video he talks about managing patients taking oral anticoagulants.
- Anticoagulation management - INR testing in clinic vs. patient self-testing
INR testing can be done in the clinic as a laboratory or capillary test. Both require the patient to interrupt their normal life to travel to the clinic. Dr. Christoph Sucker talks about Patient Self Testing, an alternative to clinic testing that results in increased TTR (Time in Therapeutic Range) and quality of life.
- New oral anticoagulants and their place in coagulation disorders
New Oral Anticoagulants promise high TTR without the need for regular testing. Dr. Christoph Sucker discusses their value versus warfarin with regular monitoring.
Most patients who have been given the opportunity to test their PT/INR at home are delighted over the change. They report higher engagement and commitment to their warfarin regimen, and lifestyle choices. View all testimonials
Read John's story
John Chisholm, a patient on long-term warfarin treatment recounts his experiences of self-testing:
For 16 years, I went to hospital to have my INR levels tested. Not knowing any differently, I got used to going into hospital and arranging my life around my appointments. Looking back, this had a huge impact on my life.
Eventually I was referred to a clinic that undertook Near-Patient Testing (NPT), which was a huge improvement. The clinic was less than a mile from my home and I was allotted an appointment time, which made it easier for me to plan my work and social activities. As the rapport between myself and the nurse grew, I started to want to be more involved in the management of my own condition. The nurse picked up on my interest in finding out more about anticoagulation monitoring and identified me as a good candidate for self-testing, particularly as I was travelling abroad at that time. I was offered a self-testing device called CoaguChek S.
I was trained on how to use the monitoring device and instructed to text, email or phone in with my results so the nurse could tell me the dose of warfarin I needed to take. The response from the nurse was always prompt and reliable.
In practical terms, self-testing quite simply changed my life. I was able to be much more independent and no longer had to arrange everything around appointments.
Travelling was not a problem – I could just phone or email from wherever I happened to be. In addition, I was able to test whenever I had a particular reason to suspect I might be unstable. To me, this made perfect sense and gave me peace of mind that everything was OK.
I have recently started to use the CoaguChek XS device, which is smaller and easier to use than the CoaguChek S. I have seen huge improvements in oral anticoagulation monitoring over the last few years and have no doubt that technological advances will continue to make life easier for both patients and healthcare professionals.