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Practical use of Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs) in Atrial Fibrillation in General Practice: Quick Reference Guide

Author: Gallagher, J.; Brady, C.; ICGP Quality and Safety in Practice Committee

Publication Year: 2020


Practical use of Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs) in atrial fibrillation in general practice
Practical start up and follow up for patients on DOACs
Dosing of DOAC in atrial fibrillation
Drug interactions
What to check at follow up
Switching regimens
Dosing errors
Forgotten dose
Double dose
Patient unsure if a dose taken
Undergoing planned surgical interventions
Use of antiplatelet drugs with DOACs
Management of bleeding
Reversal agents


This guide serves as a quick reference on the use of Direct Oral Anticoagulants (DOACs) in atrial fibrillation. It is a summary of the 2018 European Heart Rhythm Association Practical Guide on the use of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants in patients with atrial fibrillation.
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Format Download
Keywords DOACs, atrial fibrillation, clinical guidelines, Prescribing, monitoring medication, medication safety
Publisher Irish College of General Practitioners
Classification clinical guidelines
Pages 13
Categories: Irish Content, ICGP Resources
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