Anticoagulants and antiplatelet medications are considered high-risk medications. Actions, indications, adverse reactions and interactions must be considered and understood when caring for a person taking anticoagulants or antiplatelet medications.
Names, classes and where they act
Indications and adverse drug reactions (ADRs)
Management of bleeding
The purpose of this Ausmed Course is to assist with revising and increasing your knowledge of anticoagulants and antiplatelets.
Identify where antiplatelets and anticoagulants act on the human body.
Explain the indications and common adverse drug reactions of antiplatelets and anticoagulants.
Describe the management of bleeding related to antiplatelets and anticoagulants.
Apply knowledge of important medication interactions to practice.
Pharmacists and other healthcare professionals who are involved in the prescribing, dispensing and administration of antiplatelet and anticoagulant medications throughout patient care.
No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.
Anne Leversha is a Senior Lecturer at Monash University in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences and is Director of Medication Education and Management Australia. Anne is a clinical pharmacist, has been a Director of a hospital pharmacy and was a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Monash University. She is a Fellow of The Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia (SHPA), is an Australian Council on Health Care Standards (ACHS) assessor and consultant and is a trained clinical competency assessor for hospital pharmacists. Anne has been a member of the Victorian Medicines Advisory Committee and was a member of the team that developed a national interdisciplinary clinical educator preparation program. She has presented and conducted seminars and workshops in national and international conferences and forums. Anne has published on topics, including improving medication safety with articles on high-risk medicines alerts, drug allergy documentation, clinical pharmacist interventions, and pharmacists’ contribution to medical education. See Educator Profile
Gauri Godbole is currently practicing as a clinical pharmacist in aged care and
mental health at Gosford Hospital. She has experience in hospital pharmacy
practice across Australia. Her practice interests include aspects of geriatric
medicine, research, teaching and publications: for both consumer and
healthcare professionals. Gauri is a regular presenter at patient education
forums such as the stepping-on program for falls prevention on the central coast. She has presented in various seminars and conferences, nationally and
internationally. Gauri is a member of many local and national committees such
as the NSW Therapeutic Advisory Group, Night Sedation Guidelines
committee. She is an active member of the national geriatric medicine specialty
practice leadership committee for the Society of Hospital Pharmacists’ of
Australia (SHPA), elected as co-chair of the committee in 2019. She was
awarded SHPA, NSW branch Early Career Pharmacist Award in 2017, in
recognition of her contribution to pharmacy practice. Gauri is a fellow of the
SHPA. Recently, she gained her certification as a dementia practitioner. Gauri
recently received her advancing practice pharmacist credential in geriatric
medicine in 2019. See Educator Profile