Patients who take blood-thinning medications such as Coumadin
(warfarin) should receive regular monitoring to ensure the medication is
at a safe and therapeutic level. The St.Joseph C.O.A.G. Clinic
provides that service for hundreds of patients in Howard and the
surrounding counties. Located on the main floor of St.Joseph Hospital in
the Cardiology department, we’re staffed by nurses and pharmacists with
special expertise in monitoring and managing anti-coagulation
medications. We’re open extended hours for the convenience of patients
Utilizing the St.Joseph C.O.A.G. Clinic is fast and easy.
After the patient’s doctor sends us the order to treat the patient,
we’ll call to schedule the first appointment. During that first visit,
we'll talk to the patient about their individual situation, do a quick
and nearly painless fingerstick to get a drop of blood for monitoring,
and take all the steps necessary to ensure the patient’s medication is
adjusted properly, including educating the patient about diet and
lifestyle considerations that can impact levels. The first appointment
typically takes about 45 minutes. Subsequent appointments are scheduled
for 15 minutes each, ensuring patients are in and out quickly.
Taking anticoagulant medications is a bit more complicated than just
taking a pill. Levels can be impacted by everything from food choices
and over-the-counter medications, to illness and surgery. We’re here to
help make sure anti-coagulation therapy is safe and effective, as well
as to answer the questions that may come up over the course of your
For more information or to find out about our Home Monitoring option, call St.Joseph Kokomo C.O.A.G. Clinic at 765.456.5434.