Anticoagulants, otherwise known as blood thinners, don't actually thin the blood, rather they alter the blood's ability to clot. They are often prescribed for patients with mechanical heart valves, atrial fibrillation or conditions where it is necessary to prevent a harmful clot. That said, over-anticoagulation of the blood may increases the risks associated with excessive bleeding. Thus, it is necessary to frequently monitor patients to measure their blood clot rate using a Prothrombin Time or PT/INR test. INR stands for International Normalized Ratio and is the most commonly used measure for this test. Maintaining a proper PT/INR level in a therapeutic range is important for reducing potential complications and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Studies show that patients who self test may spend more time in therapeutic range, because they can more rapidly identify trends. This allows for appropriate dose adjustments when advised by a physician. “In order to achieve time in therapeutic range of >90%, a patient most likely needs to be tested once a week.” -CMS (Medicare) Decision Memorandum CAG#0087N.
The easy to use INRatio monitor changed the PT/INR monitor industry because of its simple 1-2-3 test procedure. Its compact size and non-refrigerated test strip technology make it very simple to use. Today, INRatio is a leading choice for patients who choose to self-test their PT/INR levels.
There are many benefits to using the INRatio Monitoring System. The INRatio system has two levels of internal quality control on each test, eliminating the additional cost, time, and paperwork of a separate control procedure. INRatio Test Strips can be stored at room temperature until they expire. Only one drop (15