Core 7: Anticoagulation
This module will discuss how DVTs and PEs are diagnosed and treated. It outlines the risks factors for both (with reference to PERC and the Wells' scores) as well as the common treatment and prophylactic regimes for each.
- This module forms part of the Core Curriculum.
- It requires 30 minutes preparation.
- It can be taught in 1 hour to 1 hour and 1/2.
Teaching This Topic
As with all modules, first familiarise yourself with The 9 Rules of STITCCH.
The module can be as complex or as simple as you want it to be. In some sections of this curriculum pack there is quite some detail (such as the pharmacology of anti-coagulants), however judge your audience and don't get bogged into the details if you don't think it is helpful. Remember, it is the purpose of STITCCH to teach simple things well.
Students respond well to examples where possible. Consider the extremes of patients to set some goal posts for risk stratification (How risky is a post-stroke cancer-ridden patient post-hip replacement compared to a 24 year old marathon runner with a short stay for pneumonia?). With these extremes highlighted, you can then move onto the nuance to which the Thrombo-embolism Risk Assessment Tool (below) can find be most useful.
- Curriculum Pack (13 pages)
- KEY RESOURCE: Adult Venous Thrombo-embolism Risk Assessment Tool, NSW Health (link). A great resource which combines, risk assessment and treatment in VTE prophylaxis. Use at the end of the session to tie things together.
1st Edition, 8 May 2016
2nd Edition, 26 September 2016
Bruce Wetzel (photographer), Harry Schaefer (photographer) - Image and description: National Cancer Institute [public domain] (link).