Evaluating the Implementation of a Warfarin-Specific Medication Chart in Residential Aged Care Facilities
Eleven interactive education sessions were held for 56 nurses involved in warfarin management. The strategy was trialled in 3 RACFs for 23 residents for 3 months. Qualitative evaluation was by semi-structured interviews. Compared to previous methods, 8 of 9 GPs found the charts easier to prescribe warfarin; 100% found that communication was enhanced, the chart easy to use and time-saving. Six out of 12 (50%) Registered Nurses found the charts enhanced communication, saved time, and provided more information than previous methods. Ten of 11 RNs found the dose easier to find and the charts easy to use. All GPs and RNs (100%) recommended adopting the strategy in their RACFs.
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