Rat Poison or Pest Control? Dispelling the myths and discussing the issues around the warfarinised patient

1 short day
(Up to 35 delegates)

This is in-house training – we come to your organisation and deliver to your staff on an agreed date at a venue chosen and arranged by you. All participants will receive training materials and certificates of attendance.

The Course Aim
Suitable for all health professionals who work with warfarinised patients.  This session aims to help resolve (some of) the mixed messages relating to consistent lifestyles in these patients.

Learning outcomes

 By the end of the session participants will have a clearer understanding of:

  • The “science” behind warfarin
  • How the newer anticoagulants fit into the picture (at present)
  • The “art” behind warfarin – and how to convey that to patients
  • How not to panic with such a dangerous drug!
  • Conveying clear messages associated with warfarin for patients – without confusing them or making them despair

Course content

  • The “rat poison”: Warfarin – its mode of action and role in modern medicine
  • The increasing use of warfarin in an ageing population
  • The newer anticoagulants
  • “Don’t panic, Mr Mainwaring!”: Monitoring and dose changes
  • “Please fill the gap:……………..interferes with…………….” (using the words; life, warfarin)
  • Near Patient Testing
  • “We’re all doomed!”: helping patients to understand
  • “Doh! I’m confused.com!”: Giving clear advice


Our trainer Jerome Durodie, is a clinical lecturer at Medway School of Pharmacy.  He is a pharmacist and has community experience, both as manager, regular locum and was Prescribing Advisor at East Surrey PCT from 2000 - 2007.  Jerome was subsequently Public Health Pharmacist in the reorganised Surrey PCT, until 2008.  He became a National Prescribing Centre therapeutics trainer prior to his present position.