Practical Experience with Anticoagulation Therapy in an Elderly Polymorbid Rehabilitation Population: What did we Learn?
- Corresponding Author:
- Helen Schmidt
RehaClinic Bad Zurzach, Research Unit
Quellenstrasse 34, CH-5330 Bad Zurzach, Switzerland
E-mail: [email protected]
Rec date: Mar 26, 2016; Acc date: May 16, 2016; Pub date: May 18, 2016
Citation: Schmidt H, Angst F, Gantenbein AR, Lehmann S, Aeschlimann A, et al. (2016) Practical Experience with Anticoagulation Therapy in an Elderly Polymorbid Rehabilitation Population: What did we Learn?. J Gerontol Geriatr Res 5:301. doi:10.4172/2167-7182.1000301
Copyright: © 2016 Schmidt H, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Objective: The aim of this cross-sectional study was to analyze the prescription patterns of oral anticoagulation and antiplatelet therapy in an elderly population in rehabilitation hospitals. Methods: 200 patients, after undergoing knee/hip surgery or after a stroke, were evaluated over a time span of one year. Results: All patients necessitated anticoagulation; the average number of medications taken was 8. The most frequent combination was the new oral anticoagulation with antiplatelet agents. 35% of the patients on this combination therapy did not receive proton pump inhibitors. Conclusion: The increased use of the new oral anticoagulation medicine increases the frequency of dual therapy. Careful and repetitive investigation of indications, benefits and negative side-effects should be considered in order to reduce complications.