Paucis Verbis: Overanticoagulation and supratherapeutic INR

Aug 10, 12
Paucis Verbis: Overanticoagulation and supratherapeutic INR

I find it amazing that I know more non-emergency physicians virtually in the social media world rather than in person. Primarily through Twitter, I follow and am followed by medical educators from various specialties. If you haven’t joined Twitter yet, I think it might be time. There is a whole world of collaboration and conversation going on in this virtual community, which crosses specialties and geography.

Last week, Dr. Javier Benítez (@jvrbntz) was tweeting a Question of the Day, referencing a 2010 Paucis Verbis card on overanticoagulation, which was based on the 2008 American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) guidelines. About 8 minutes after I retweeted his question, Dr. Roy Arnold (@cholerajoe), a pulmonary/critical care physician kindly informed me that the 2012 ACCP guidelines have been out since February.

So this PV card is replacing the 2010 card with revised recommendations. For more in-depth discussion, definitely take a look at Dr. Scott Weingart’s great podcast over at EMCrit. He helps to clarify holes which the 2012 ACCP guidelines don’t really address such as:

What if the patient is minorly bleeding with a high INR?

  • Oral vitamin K and 15 mL/kg FFP

What if you only have the 3-factor PCC (factors II, IX, X) and not the recommended 4-factor PCC (factors II, IX, X plus factor VII)?

  • If PCC is indicated, add recombinant factor VIIa or FFP to the 3-factor PCC to cover for factor VII.

PV Card: Overanticoagulation and Supratherapeutic INR

Adapted from [1]
Go to ALiEM (PV) Cards for more resources.


  1. Holbrook A, Schulman S, Witt D, et al. Evidence-based management of anticoagulant therapy: Antithrombotic Therapy and Prevention of Thrombosis, 9th ed: American College of Chest Physicians Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines. Chest. 2012;141(2 Suppl):e152S-84S. [PubMed]

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Michelle Lin, MD

ALiEM Founder and CEO
Professor and Digital Innovation Lab Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California, San Francisco

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