INR in-range visits above national average at CMH

By Sarah Bello

New data derived from November 2017 to March 2018 demonstrates that the CMH/OHSU Cardiology Clinic’s INR in-range visits are at 78.42 percent, far above the national average of 68 percent. 

Doctor holding heartAn INR check, or International Normalized Ratio check, determines how well a patient’s blood clots. Patients taking anti-clotting medications need to have INR checks to make sure their medication dosage is on target. 

“We are trying to keep your numbers right in what we call a therapeutic range and/or one that keeps you the safest in preventing clotting that could result in poor outcomes,” said Jamee Meier, RN, director of clinical operations for the CMH Medical Group.

Meier said it isn’t easy to keep patients in the correct range, because a lot can affect the number — food and drink, other medications taken, activity levels, general health and other factors.

“When we can keep you in just the right range, it means that we are providing very good services, with good monitoring and good communication with our patients,” Meier said. “It means that we have things dialed in to make sure you are able to live a good quality of life, without the risks associated with clotting.”

The CMH/OHSU Cardiology Clinic is having success with its INR in-range visits at more than 10 percent above the national average, keeping patients in a healthy or therapeutic range more often than other hospitals — good for patients and for the clinic. 

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