Home INR Monitoring Shines While the Lights are Out

By: Alere Staff
Publication Date: Mon, 02/11/2013

The impacts of Hurricane Sandy reminded healthcare providers how delicate the health system can be. The failure of generators and backup generators interrupted the care for thousands of patients from Virginia to Maine for more than a week. Storms like Sandy and Katrina remind us how important it is for us to be prepared.

At the height of Sandy’s wrath, more than 6 million people along the eastern seaboard were without power or a way to visit their doctor’s office or lab. Patients taking warfarin needing to have their INR tested faced closed offices or personal situations where they could not keep their appointments and wondered if their warfarin was working properly.

Patients in the affected area who self test their INR at home were able to continue to safely manage their warfarin - even for those who lost power, as the monitors operate on battery power. Home INR Monitoring enables patients on warfarin to test more often without leaving home or even a shelter. Testing more often has been found to keep you in your target range more often, in fact, as high as 74% in range for patients who test weekly. 1

Emergencies and disasters don’t happen often but they happen regularly. Hurricanes, winter storms, earthquakes will always disrupt lives. You have the opportunity to take control of your warfarin blood tests by asking your doctor to have you join the more than 68,000 patients Alere is helping every day…rain or shine.

Interested in learning more about Home INR Monitoring? More frequent testing, typically performed by patient self testing, is a valuable tool for detecting rises and falls in INR values and enable you to work with your clinician to make any adjustments to diet or medication dosing.2 Go to the Getting Started page for more information about testing your INR at home.

  1. Ansell, J. March 2012.  Patient Self-Testing: Real-World Experience within a Comprehensive Support Service Represents a New Standard of Care, Attaining High Quality Anticoagulation Control.Poster presented at: American College of Cardiology.
  2. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Decision Memo for Prothrombin Time (INR) Monitor for Home Anticoagulation Management (CAG-00087R) [Memorandum]. 2008. Baltimore, MD