While NOACs are considered to have certain advantages to warfarin, they also have disadvantages. MLMIC believes it is important for providers to be aware of the potential risks of prescribing any medication.
Dental practices should develop protocols for tracking consultations, including patient compliance, and documenting conversations between referring and consulting dentists. In addition, patients’ dental records should reflect referral compliance (or non-compliance) and include related correspondence.
Good relationships with patients are important not only to patient health but also, according to the article’s author, “Doctors sued most often were complained about by patients twice as much as those who were not, and poor communication was the most common complaint.”
It is the obligation of the original treating physician to appropriately follow up with the patient to arrange for removal of the PICC line.