Patricia A. Ross

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Patients with left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are at increased risk of bleeding and thrombotic complications making warfarin therapy particularly challenging. Patient self-testing (PST) using point-of-care international normalized ratio (INR) devices has shown favorable outcomes in other populations, but the use of PST in LVAD patients has not been(More)
This study was designed to determine the impact of central sleep apnea with or without Cheyne-Stokes respiration (CSR) on morbidity and mortality. Central sleep apnea was found in 77 male general medical ward in-patients. Cheyne-Stokes respiration was found in 49 of the 77 men; in 15 men, CSR was severe, ie, > or = 25 percent of the night spent in CSR, in(More)
PURPOSE. A stepwise approach to development and implementation of a program to standardize and increase pharmacists' involvement in anticoagulation therapy at a large academic medical center is described. SUMMARY. In response to the Joint Commission's national goal of improved patient safety in anticoagulation therapy, a work group of pharmacy(More)
The purpose of this study is to determine the percentage of patients in the Johns Hopkins Anticoagulation Clinics that are potential candidates for the new oral anticoagulants, dabigatran, rivaroxaban, and apixaban. A retrospective chart review was conducted of patients managed in the Johns Hopkins Cardiology and Hematology Anticoagulation Clinics between(More)
BACKGROUND Non-administration of venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis contributes to preventable patient harm. We hypothesized that non-administration would be more common for parenteral VTE prophylaxis than oral infectious disease or cardiac prophylaxis or for treatment medications. The primary study goal was to determine if non-administration of(More)
The epidermal nevus syndrome is a neurocutaneous disorder characterized by distinctive skin lesions and often serious somatic and central nervous system (CNS) abnormalities. We observed four cases of this disorder with epidermal nevi and neurologic manifestations, including mental retardation, seizures, ophthalmologic abnormalities, intracranial aneurysm,(More)
PURPOSE The implementation of an emergency department (ED)-based clinical pharmacist transitions-of-care (TOC) program is described. SUMMARY The intervention program consisted of collaboration between ED and ambulatory care pharmacists to provide patient-specific comprehensive medication review and education in the ED setting and to help ensure a(More)
BACKGROUND In North America, 250,000 patients on vitamin K antagonists require surgical procedures each year. Temporary interruption of oral anticoagulation and perioperative bridging therapy with unfractionated heparin or low-molecular-weight heparin are recommended by the American College of Chest Physicians 2012 for select patients. OBJECTIVES The(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies have documented high rates of non-administration of ordered venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis doses. Intervention strategies that target all patients have been effective, but prohibitively resource-intensive. We aimed to identify efficient intervention strategies based on patterns of non-administration of ordered VTE(More)
Objective. To evaluate the rotation capacity at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and see if the implementation of clinical track programs across the state correlates to an increase in rotation capacity for the school. Methods. The following information was collected: number of preceptors over the years in the school's experiential learning(More)
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