I wanted to share what I heard from my lovely GP yesterday (Moaning Mrytle having been give the heave) .
I asked what would happen in the event of a serious bleed while taking NOAC currently without "antidote".
Firstly he said he had seen recent literature from a drug company that they had developed an antidote for apixiban although it may be a few months before it is adopted by our local health authority.
Secondly and more significantly he said that in 6 months of working in Europe's busiest A and E he only knew of one patient with a bleed to whom the warfarin antidote was administered. In other words, the usual methods of stopping bleeds - pressure etc - worked just as well for anticoaguleted patients as for those who are not. Might take a bit longer, might lose a bit more blood, but basically will get there without antidote.
Interesting I thought...