Boston, MA (PRWEB) September 18, 2013
Atrial Fibrillation is an irregular heart rhythm arising from the upper chambers of the heart which can result in the formation of blood clots. Atrial Fibrillation affects more than 2.5 million American adults and accounts for nearly one-third of hospitalizations for cardiac rhythm disturbances. The use of anticoagulants can reduce the risk of stroke by decreasing the likelihood of a patient forming a clot.
The Anticoagulation Forum’s (AC Forum) mission is to educate and promote proper management of oral anticoagulation therapy. “The AC Forum provides resources and expert guidance to help healthcare professionals improve the quality of patient care,”says Mark Crowther, MD, President of the AC Forum. “Afib Awareness Month gives us the opportunity to share our resources with our members as well as the general public.”
The landscape of anticoagulation is rapidly advancing, evolving and changing. The Anticoagulation Centers of Excellence program is a tool created by the AC Forum to help healthcare professionals provide the highest level of care and achieve the best possible outcomes for their patients on antithrombotic medications. There are two essential components to the Centers of Excellence program – an assessment tool to determine if your anticoagulation service is operating at the highest level and a comprehensive, searchable resource center that provides the guidelines and tools to improve toward excellence. The Anticoagulation Centers of Excellence program offers a roadmap to achieving consistent, sustainable excellence in patient care.
The AC Forum is a multidisciplinary nonprofit organization of health care professionals that works to improve the quality of care for patients taking antithrombotic medications. Founded more than 20 years ago, this is the largest peer organization of anticoagulant service providers in North America. The AC Forum works to minimize the risk and maximize the benefit of strategies used for the prevention and treatment of thromboembolic disease. The AC Forum provides education and networking opportunities for health care professionals, promoting the clinical application of evidence-based practices, facilitating research aimed at improving health outcomes, and informing healthcare policy, regulatory agencies, and industry about best practices. Membership includes more than 6,000 professionals who represent more than 2000 different anticoagulation management services (clinics) throughout the world, directly supporting over 750,000 patients annually.
Major initiatives of the Anticoagulation Forum include: The Anticoagulation Centers of Excellence program, an active website, a monthly newsletter, a monthly live webinar hosted by authors of recently published research, an international biennial conference and several regional conferences. There is no fee for members to join the forum.
For more information about the AC Forum or to become a member please visit: http://www.acforum.org, or contact Jacki Fallman at (617) 454-1005, or email: info(at)acforum(dot)org.