Coumadin (Warfarin)

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"It's a good thing I'm on Coumadin..."

Coumadin (generic warfarin) is an anticoagulant once used to poison rodents that is now used instead to poison humans.[1] Due to the laborious nature of monitoring and achieving a therapeutic INR, there has been a movement by Coumadin clinics to just ballpark INR results.[2]


A landmark study on April 3, 2016 showed that starting a person an anticoagulant like Coumadin immediately increases their risk of falls 120-fold with head trauma "almost guaranteed." Since this study, hospital administrators have a noted a spoke in viewership of the in-hospital, closed-circuit Coumadin Channel, which was already breaking Nielsen ratings records beforehand.[3] It has also led to the creation of Coumadin Gauntlet by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons in order to optimize selection of patients prior to initiation of Coumadin.[4]


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  1. Study: Anticoagulation Initiation Instantly Increases Your Fall Risk (Gomerblog)
  2. Coumadin Clinic Tired of Drawing Blood, Starts to Just Ballpark INR Results (Gomerblog)
  3. Hospital Picks Up The Coumadin Channel, Will Bring Back for One More Riveting Seasons (Gomerblog)
  4. AANS Now Requires Coumadin Gauntlet Prior to Starting Anticoagulation (Gomerblog)


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