This is a warning that medical staff, outside Cardiology, may well have a poor
understanding of anticoagulation beyond warfarin so we need to be aware.
I am shortly to have 2 discs removed from my neck so I attended a pre-op assessment on Friday at one of the best rated neurological hospitals in the UK.
First I was interviewed by a specialist nurse who was tasked to check my history. I had written a list of my medication and handed it to her.
2x 150mg Pradaxa NOAC. 1x2.5mg Bisoprolol. 1x20mg Atorvastatin.
She thought that I took 300 mg of Pradaxa in one go and I had to explain that one capsule was taken per 12 hours. She then said that I was to stop taking it 7 days before the operation. I explained that I had already discussed this with the spinal surgeon and his instruction was to stop the Pradaxa 72 hours before the operation.
I think that this goes to show that we must all be aware that general knowledge of NOACs is poor.