Emergency department management of patients taking direct oral anticoagulant agents

Patrick Maher, Emily Taub

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Direct oral anticoagulant (DOAC) agents have become commonly used over the last 9 years for treatment and prophylaxis for thromboembolic conditions, following approvals by the United States Food and Drug Administration. These anticoagulant agents, which include a direct thrombin inhibitor and factor Xa inhibitors, offer potential advantages for patients over warfarin; however, bleeding emergencies with DOACs can present diagnostic and therapeutic challenges because, unlike traditional anticoagulants, their therapeutic effect cannot be easily monitored directly with common clotting assays. This review examines the growing body of evidence on the uses and risks of DOACs in the emergency department, including initiation of therapy and reversal strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalEmergency medicine practice
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2019


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