About this course
Before the advent of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs), warfarin was the only choice for patients needing anticoagulation. With this new class of drugs, switching between oral anticoagulants has become an option for physicians who prefer a better efficacy/safety ratio for their patients. Choice of specific agents for anticoagulation can be affected by specific situations or indications, patient subpopulation, or individual patient factors. This e-learning module reviews the different characteristics of NOACs and other anticoagulants, reasons for switching, and the methods on how to convert from one drug to another.
Upon completion of the educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Review the indications for anticoagulants
- Review the characteristics of various anticoagulants
- Understand the approach to switching between anticoagulant regimens in the outpatient setting
- Anticoagulants: indications and basic characteristics
- Switching between anticoagulant regimens
Keywords: NOACs, VKA, warfarin, LMWH, anticoagulant
1 CME Point Available
- This module is accredited for 1 CME Point for medical practitioners enrolled in The Medical Council of Hong Kong’s Continuing Medical Education Programme for Practising Doctors who are not taking CME for Specialists.
- This module is accredited for both Hong Kong Doctors Union (HKDU) members and non-members.
- This module is accredited for 0.5 CME Point for fellows of the Hong Kong College of Physicians, Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine and Hong Kong College of Community Medicine.
- Please note that this module will not earn CME credit for fellows of colleges not listed here.
- A certificate can be downloaded upon successful completion of the quiz. Please use the information on the certificate to claim your CME points.