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The Journal of the American Heart Association recently conducted a study involving 21,878 nursing home residents with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) which revealed that standard doses of direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) led to a higher rate of bleeding compared to reduced doses.

Older adults in nursing homes, and those with multiple morbidities and NVAF, face a heightened risk of major bleeds and thrombotic events. The study supports the use of reduced-dose DOACs for this population due to the potential dangers and unclear benefits associated with standard dosing. The research emphasizes the importance of considering reduced doses for older adults with multiple chronic medical conditions, given their vulnerability to adverse drug effects.

Tammy Baumann Headshot“Our Great Plains QIN team reviewed nursing home adverse drug event data (CMS claims data). The data indicated that most transfers from the nursing home to the emergency department, related to an adverse drug event, are for bleeding disorders from anticoagulant use. A potential reduction strategy might be to share a copy of the Journal of the American Heart Association study with your clinical team and medical director to help drive practice change,” shared Tammy Wagner, RN, LSSGB; Great Plains QIN Quality Improvement Advisor.

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  • Tactics to Reduce ADE’s with Prescribing & Transcribing of Medications: Recording
  • Dispensing and Administration: Recording
  • How Care Coordination Can Help in Preventing ADE’s: Recording


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