Ever since I have been on the blood thinner, I can't stop thinking of what will happen to me should I get into an accident and the medical staff needs to perform emergency surgery.
They could give you vitamin K if they needed to to counteract the coumadin or they can use "bridge" you with Lovenox for a planned surgery or after an unplanned one. Lovenox is low molecular weight heparin. It doesnt have the bleeding risks that warfarin has. You should wear a bracelet or pendant that states you are on warfarin or at the very least, carry a card that states you take it so that emergency responders know if you are ever in an accident and are unconsious and bleeding. Good question though!
By all means be sure to wear a bracelet or necklace stating you're on blood thinners. My mom was on blood thinners and fell and broke her front teeth. She was incoherent when taken to the hospital she lost a lot of blood before they figured out how to stop the bleeding. This could have been avoided.
Kazu... There are a variety of things that can b done. You definitely need to wear a medi alert bracelet that alerts the rescue team that you are on Coumadin as mentioned in the 2nd answer here. Upon arrival to the ER they will run an INR on you to see what you clotting status is on Coumadin. Then, as Dzoo said, Vitamin K can be given IV. Also specific clotting factors can be infused IV also to help with the clotting of blood prior to and during surgery along with fluid replacement and whole blood.
I hope this helps you to understand. Pup
- Coumadin Information for Consumers
- Coumadin Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Coumadin (detailed)
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