News from the Anticoagulation Forum
July 2017
In this issue
Chicago Boot Camp * ABCs of Anticoagulation and Reversal - Earn CME/CNE/CPE
Joint Commission Compendium of Resources * Resource Library for Centers of Excellence 
THSNA Travel-to-a-Mentor Award * AC Forum Poster Portraits

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Anticoagulation Boot Camp
Chicago, October 12-13, 2017

AC Forum's 7th Regional Boot Camp will be held this fall in Chicago, IL. This compact 2-day meeting provides a comprehensive curriculum that covers the essential aspects of anticoagulation, disease state, and drug management. An engaging discussion around quality improvement, new agents and special situations will benefit all practitioners, and daily "chalk talks" will allow for attendee participation to shape the topics. 

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The ABCs of Anticoagulation and Reversal:
Do You Know Your DOACs?

Designed and delivered by AC Forum experts Steven B. Deitelzweig, MD, MMM, FACC, SFHM, FACP, RVT, David Garcia, MD, and Scott Kaatz, DO, this free, online program aims to provide comprehensive updates and strategies for the reversal of oral anticoagulants in order to deliver the best possible care. 

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
  • Recognize which patients are candidates for reversal and the potential thromboembolic consequences of discontinuing and reversing anticoagulation.
  • Discuss the evidence to reverse warfarin with Vitamin K, FFP and PCC.
  • Examine the role and clinical utility of reversal agents for various DOACs.
  • Explore other reversal agents that are currently in development.

Compendium of Resources

The AC Forum is pleased to announce that our Centers of Excellence program has been included in a new Compendium of Resources developed by The Joint Commission's Department of Health Services Research. This compendium promotes reliable and up-to-date patient education and discharge materials for VTE and anticoagulation therapy.

The Joint Commission embarked on an 18-month research project, with funding from Bristol Myers-Squibb / Pfizer, Inc., to determine what, if any, patient education materials are being provided to patients discharged on anticoagulants other than warfarin. As a result of this work, a compendium of resources was compiled with links to publicly available resources to promote the provision of reliable and current patient education and discharge materials for VTE and anticoagulation therapy.
To access the free Compendium of Resources, please visit The Joint Commission's Department of Health Services Research website.

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Centers of Excellence New Resource Center

The AC Forum's Centers of Excellence has launched a new resource library with a robust search tool and dynamic interface for use on a variety of devices. The 350 resources on the site are now organized with intuitive headings and subheads, making the information scannable and more accessible. The resource center also highlights current practices that have achieved recognition as a Center of Excellence. Visit the new resource at the Centers of Excellence website.

Created in 2012, the AC Forum's Anticoagulation Centers of Excellence program helps healthcare professionals provide the highest level of care to their patients on antithrombotic medication. In addition to the resource center, this free program offers a practice self-assessment with specific guidelines and recommendations for best practice. More information is available at

THSNA Travel-To-A-Mentor Awards

THSNA is offering financial awards for students to spend a week training with a research mentor anywhere in the US, Canada or Mexico. The awards, up to $2500 per mentee, will fall into the categories of nursing; laboratory technologist; pharmacist; PhD researcher; physician investigator, clinic, translational or basic; or patient advocate. The structure of the one-week experience will be determined jointly by the mentee and mentor, but is expected to include clinical and/or laboratory experiences (where applicable), attendance at relevant meetings and conferences, and meetings with the mentor to discuss potential future collaborations.

Applicants must be a member of one of THSNA's 16 partner organizations, be within 7 years of completing all formal training, and be committed to the field of hemostasis or thrombosis.  As a founding partner of THSNA the AC Forum encourages members to apply for this award.

Application submission deadline: September 1, 2017. For more information click  here.

AC Forum Poster Portraits

Through our collaboration with  many of the Poster Portraits from the AC Forum 2017 Los Angeles National Conference are available for download, along with a presentation by the author. These clinical posters provide practicing anticoagulation professionals an ongoing opportunity to share their latest research, best practice approaches, and real world experience in addressing contemporary issues and challenges in anticoagulation.

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