Michael Lukco Does Improving Knowledge of Vitamin K Foods Increase Dietary Compliance and Improve INR Stability?
SchoolTrinity High School
MentorJudy Gibbons, RN
DepartmentAnticoagulation Clinic at Marymount Hospital
Does Improving Knowledge of Vitamin K Foods Increase Dietary Compliance and Improve INR Stability?
If patients have a better understanding of vitamin K foods, they will be able to maintain their INR (a measurement how the blood’s tendency to clot) at a safe level.
Give patients a survey, show them a Power Point presentation on vitamin K foods and dangerous medications/habits and resurvey patients, then compare INR before and after this education. A total of 51 patients were surveyed over five weeks. Two surveys were given and patient’s INRs were monitored.
Educating patients made a large difference in their INR reading and their knowledge of the subject. During the presentation, patients were given handouts with large pictures of vegetables they should not eat. The pictures proved successful and the practice of using pictures should be employed by other clinics as well.