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Home anticoagulation monitoring is a convenient and safe alternative of monitoring your INR readings and warfarin dosage.

About Home Monitoring of INR

Frequent trips to the doctor may soon become a thing of the past for those who need to take the anticoagulant warfarin (Coumadin). Home monitoring of INR has been growing due to the convenience, safety and affordability of home monitoring. Many insurance companies now are starting to pay for home monitoring devices for patients who need to be on warfarin for long periods, and who are willing to get training on how to use the devices.

Home Monitoring Devices

Home monitoring devices are small, light and portable. The device will display an INR (International Normalized Ratio) result in a few minutes from just a drop of blood from a finger stick. It is very similar to using a blood glucose monitor. Accuracy of the devices may vary and it is important to validate and check your device with your doctor initially. The devices will let you know whether you are “in range” or need a medication adjustment.

Are they affordable?

Home monitoring devices are becoming more affordable. Especially once the patient takes into account factors such as; driving to the doctor’s office, paying for parking and your appointment, waiting in the waiting room, and then driving back to home or work. All of this for a blood test that you could do at home. Home monitoring is becoming an attractive and cost effective option for people who would like to self manage and take more control of their health.

Is Home Monitoring safe?

People choose to home monitor their INR as it can give them better control of their blood thinning as they can monitor more frequently. However, only your doctor can advise you whether home monitoring is suitable for yourself.

Those who home monitor enjoy the additional time but also the empowerment of managing their own health. Some patients who home monitor may prefer to call their doctor with the INR results for guidance on warfarin dosage. Others may self manage their medication with a flow sheet with instructions on what to do when results are in various ranges. In either case, patients have greater control over their care.

Home monitoring may not suit everyone. That is for the patient to discuss with their doctor or clinic. Most home monitoring device manufacturers offer thorough training and education for safe INR monitoring. The benefits for the user in home monitoring, are an increase in personal time, and control over your own health.


2 Responses to “Home INR monitoring”

  1. keith says:

    how mutch are the home ins/test monitors thank you keh

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