Starting Anticoagulation with Jack

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Overview summary:
The film was developed by Wessex AHSN and will support practitioners with discussions with patients on anticoagulation but also be a tool that patients can return to after discussions in clinics.

Anticoagulants are prescribed to prevent harmful blood clots that can lead to stroke. They are designed to prevent or treat clots, but can increase the risk of bleeding. Patients and carers need advice and information about how these medicines work, and their potential side effects. To view the film in full please click here
Challenge identified and actions taken :
Many people taking anticoagulants don't fully understand what side effects to look out for, or when to seek help. Starting Anticoagulation with Jack has been created to prevent people becoming unwell while on anticoagulant medicines, and avoid unnecessary admissions to hospital.
Impacts / outcomes:
Anticoagulants are prescribed to prevent harmful blood clots that can lead to stroke. They are designed to prevent or treat clots, but can increase the risk of bleeding. Patients and carers need advice and information about how these medicines work, and their potential side effects and to help them to improve adherence to prescribed medication.
Supporting quote for the innovation from key stakeholders:
We’d like to share our new anticoagulation film with you and ask you to share it with your networks.

It would be really helpful if you could consider how it can be made easily accessible to patients to support them with anticoagulation treatment.
Which local or national clinical or policy priorities does this innovation address:
Reduction of unwarranted clinical variation in Atrial Fibrillation
Plans for the future:
The West Midlands AHSN is working on an Atrial Fibrillation, (AF), programme to support clinicians, patients and their carers in the detection and treatment of AF. We have an Advisory Group and plan to launch the first part of our project in May. We will be developing a toolkit to support clinicians, patients and their carers.
Tips for adoption:
This film has been developed after significant research into what patients and their carers want to see. It can be used to support clinicians explaining about the treatmen they are prescribing.
Contact for further information:
For information about our West Midlands programme contact:
Karen.Morrey@wmahsn.org
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