Rat Poison or Pest Control?

Dispelling the myths and discussing the issues around the warfarinised patient

Shorter Day 10am – 4pm

Up to 35 delegates


The Course Aim

Suitable for all health professionals who work with warfarinised patients.  This session aims to help resolve (some of) the mixed messages relating to consistent lifestyles in these patients.


Learning outcomes

 By the end of the session participants will have a clearer understanding of:

  • The “science” behind warfarin
  • How the newer anticoagulants fit into the picture (at present)
  • The “art” behind warfarin – and how to convey that to patients
  • How not to panic with such a dangerous drug!
  • Conveying clear messages associated with warfarin for patients – without confusing them or making them despair


Course content

  • The “rat poison”: Warfarin – its mode of action and role in modern medicine
  • The increasing use of warfarin in an ageing population
  • The newer anticoagulants
  • “Don’t panic, Mr Mainwaring!”: Monitoring and dose changes
  • “Please fill the gap:……………..interferes with…………….” (using the words; life, warfarin)
  • Near Patient Testing
  • “We’re all doomed!”: helping patients to understand
  • “Doh! I’m confused.com!”: Giving clear advice


Our trainer Jerome Durodie, is a recently retired clinical lecturer.  Prior to retirement he had been at Medway School of Pharmacy since 2008 and had more recently concentrated on post graduate teaching. 

Jerome was a community pharmacist (both as manager and regular locum) and was Prescribing Advisor at East Surrey PCT from 2000 – 2007.  He was Public Health Pharmacist at Surrey PCT until 2008.  He was a National Prescribing Centre (NPC+) therapeutics trainer (2003-2010) training healthcare professionals on various therapeutic topic updates. Jerome maintains an active teaching interest working alongside CCGs and Non-Medical Prescribers as a guest speaker / trainer.  He regularly speaks at annual/national conferences for a variety of healthcare professionals.

Prior to (re)training in pharmacy, Jerome was a clinical microbiologist and worked in both NHS and industry.  He undertook research in aspects of antibiotic susceptibility and rapid detection systems (notably the establishment of flow cytometry and the role of altering water activity).

Jerome is a clinical medical expert to Anticoagulation Europe (ACE) providing input in part through ACE’s publication, Anticoagulation UK (formerly INReview).

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