Ways to Test

There's more than one way to test your warfarin patients.

How CoaguChek® total solutions benefit your patient and your practice.

When managing warfarin patients, it helps to think outside the lab. Studies have shown that self-testing offers many benefits compared to the laboratory testing, including the following:

  • Increased time in therapeutic range1
  • Reduced thromboembolic events1
  • Improved patient satisfaction2
CoaguChek systems offer a holistic solution that makes it easy to follow a systematic approach when managing warfarin therapy. Whether your patients self-test or receive point-of-care testing from healthcare professionals, you can improve quality of care, patient satisfaction and workflow efficiency.
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Benefits of Patient PT/INR  Self-Testing vs. Lab Testing Greater time in therapeutic range1 Reduced risk of thromboembolic events for patients on warfarin2 More engaged and satisfied patients through increased convenience and peace of mind3,4 More efficient process better health care economics, and more time with your patients2
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  1. Wurster, M. and Doran, T. (2006). Anticoagulation Management: A New Approach. Disease Management 9(4)201–209.
  2. Heneghan CJ, Garcia-Alamino JM, Spencer EA, et al. Self-monitoring and self-management of oral anticoagulation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 7. Art. No.: CD003839.
  3. Giles, T. and Roffidal, L. (2002). Results of the Prothrombin Office-Testing Benefit Evaluation (PROBE). Cardiovascular Reviews and Reports 23(1):27–33. 
  4. Gardiner, C., et al. British Journal of Haematology 2004. 
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Self-testing benefits patients and practices

With self-testing, managing your patient's warfarin therapy has never been more efficient or effective. Together, the services and products offered by CoaguChek® Patient Services will help ease the workload for doctors and the clinic staff while empowering your patients to self-test their INR from home or on the go. 

Accurate INR results are transmitted wirelessly to CoaguChek Link so you can make immediate, data-based adjustments of warfarin therapy.3

There are a number of advantages of INR self-testing for your patients, including the following:

  • Self-testing provides patients with the tools and flexibility to be more engaged in their therapy and this can result in better compliance and improved time in therapeutic range (TTR).2
  • Self-testing helps eligible patients participate in their treatment, leading to greater patient satisfaction and a higher quality of life.1
  • Patients make fewer trips to the hospital lab for testing, enabling them to enjoy a greater quality of life.
  • Venous punctures are not necessary; only a drop of blood from the fingertip is required to run a test. 

For your patients, INR self-testing at home can be a convenient alternative to lab testing.  CoaguChek Patient Services provides warfarin monitoring tools to you and your patients to help optimize your workflow into three simple steps:

Step 1: Your patient reports his or her test results in one of four ways:

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Step 2: If the patient's INR self-testing results are outside of your specified range, CPS will contact you or the clinic. 

Step 3: You are able to provide an immediate therapy decision if necessary.

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  1. Matchar, D.B., Jacobson, A., Dolor, R., Edson, R., Uyeda, L., et al. (2010). Effect of home testing of international normalized ratio on clinical events. New England Journal of Medicine 363, 1608–1620.
  2. Kortke, H., Minami, K., Reymann, T., et al. (2001). INR self-management after mechanical heart valve replacement: ESCAT (Early Self-Controlled Anticoagulation Trial). Z Kardiol 90(6)118–124.
  3. Bluetooth connectivity requires a smartphone or tablet. Minimum specifications required. Call 1-800-780-0675 for a list of supported devices and operating systems.
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To learn more, call CoaguChek Patient Services at 1-800-780-0675.

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The benefits of point-of-care INR testing

Point-of-care INR testing is an efficient and effective way to manage warfarin patients. In a study evaluating PT/INR testing methods, patients who participated in point-of-care INR testing experienced 91 percent fewer complications than patients who received laboratory testing for INR.1 What’s more, their in-range INR results improved by 97 percent.1

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  1. Wurster, M. and Doran, T. (2006). Anticoagulation Management: A New Approach. Disease Management 9(4)201–209.
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