Saturday, 17 October 2020 08:44

Anticoagulation news items. Week commencing 12th October 2020

Warfarin and other anticoagulants – monitoring of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
MHRA has published guidance following concerns over an apparent increase in the number of patients taking warfarin found to have elevated INR values during the pandemic; and reminds healthcare professionals and patients that continued close INR monitoring is crucial.


Stroke Thrombolysis With Tenecteplase to Reduce Emergency Department Spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 and Shortages of Alteplase

JAMA Neurology
Viewpoint from US perspective notes the situation of an acute stroke emergency is a particularly vulnerable situation for exposure and transmission of COVID-19; it advocates for expanded usage of tenecteplase as means of avoiding spread and easing potential shortages of alteplase.


Effect of Pre-Hospital Crushed Prasugrel Tablets in Patients with STEMI Planned for Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: The Randomized COMPARE CRUSH Trial

RCT (n=727) found pre-hospital administration of loading dose of crushed prasugrel tablets does not improve TIMI 3 flow in infarct-related artery pre-PCI or complete ST-segment resolution 1h post-PCI vs. intact tablets, and there were no differences in ischaemic events at 30 days.


A perfect storm: Root cause analysis of supra-therapeutic anticoagulation with vitamin K antagonists during the COVID-19 pandemic

Thrombosis Research
Study of INR results show significant increase in high INRs during COVID-19 pandemic, with majority occurring after introduction of lockdown, with 30/3214 (0.9%) INR samples >8.0 (n=30) vs. 6/4079 (0.1%; n=6) during same period in previous year (OR 6.3, 95% CI, 2.6–15.2; p<0.001).


Warfarin in patients with mechanical heart valves

British Medical Journal
Practice article highlights these patients require lifelong anticoagulation with warfarin to prevent thromboembolism, low dose aspirin can be added in patients with higher risk of thromboembolic events, and DOACs are not currently recommended as safety has not been established.


Investigation into management of venous thromboembolism risk in patients following thrombolysis for an acute stroke

Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch
Follow review of a case of a 78-year old woman who suffered a pulmonary embolism whilst recovering from a stroke in hospital, this report makes a safety recommendation for a stroke specific venous thromboembolism assessment tool.



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