1. The term “blood thinner” is commonly used to mean (choose one):
__a. A medication that cools your body down when you have a
fever or high temperature
__b. A medication called an anticoagulant used to prevent or treat
dangerous blood clots
__c. A medication used to prevent certain blood infections
2. What is one of the most common complications or side eects of all
anticoagulation medications (choose one)?:
__a. Dry eye
__b. Joint pain
__c. Bleeding
3. A dental procedure such as having a tooth pulled can cause minor
bleeding (choose one): True__ or False __
4. Surgery is an example of something that can cause major
bleeding (choose one): True__ or False __
5. Which of the following may be a cause of major or dangerous
bleeding (choose all that apply)?:
__a. Surgery
__b. Brushing your teeth too hard
__c. A broken bone or serious injury
__d. Having a tooth removed or extracted
6. Which of the following may be a cause of minor bleeding
(choose all that apply)?:
__a. Having your tonsils removed
__b. Having a tooth removed or extracted
__c. Scraping an elbow
__d. Surgery
7. When planning surgery or a medical procedure and taking oral
anticoagulation therapy, what requires careful balance (choose
one)?:
__a. The time of day the medication is taken and how much food
is eaten throughout the day
__b. The amount of time in between each pill and the number of
days leading up to your procedure
__c. Clotting and bleeding risks
8. When planning or scheduling surgery or another invasive
procedure, how many days in advance should you talk to you
doctor about potential changes in your anticoagulation
medication (choose one)?:
__a. At least 1-2
__b. At least 3-5
__c. At least 7-10
9. If you take warfarin to prevent blood clots, how many days before
your procedure is your doctor likely to stop or interrupt treatment
(choose one)?: If you do not take warfarin, skip to
question 10.
__a. 3 days
__b. 5 days
__c. 7 days
10. If you take aspirin to prevent blood clots, how many days before
your procedure is your doctor likely to stop or interrupt treatment
(choose one)?: If you do not take aspirin to prevent blood clots,
skip to question 11.
__a. 2 to 3 days
__b. 4 to 5 days
__c. 7 to 10 days
11. If you take a newer direct oral anticoagulant medication
(apixaban/Eliquis®, edoxaban/Savaysa®,rivaroxaban/Xarelto®),
how many days before your procedure is your doctor likely to stop
or interrupt treatment (choose one)?: If you do not take any of these
medications, skip to question 12
__a. 2 to 3 days
__b. 4 to 5 days
__c. 7 to 10 days
12. If you take the newer direct oral anticoagulant medication
dabigatran/Pradaxa®, how many days before your procedure is
your doctor likely to stop or interrupt your treatment (Choose one)?:
If you do not take this medications, skip to question 13
__a. 2 to 3 days
__b. 3 to 5 days
__c. 7 to 10 days
13. Symptoms of blood clots in the leg include, (choose all that apply):
__a. Swelling
__b. Red or discolored skin
__c. Cold skin
14. Symptoms of blood clots in the lung include, (choose all that apply):
__a. Chest pain, worsens with deep breath
__b. Diculty breathing
__c. Coughing up blood
15. Symptoms of stroke include, (choose all that apply):
__a. Sudden trouble seeing, aecting one or both eyes
__b. Suddennumbness or weakness of face, arm, or leg
__c. Suddenconfusion, trouble speaking, or understanding
speech
__d. Sudden sleepiness
Test Your Knowledge
After reading the educational materials about anticoagulation management when surgery or invasive procedures are planned, test your
knowledge by answering the questions below. Share the results with your doctor or other healthcare provider.
This material was prepared through a collaboration of the National Blood Clot Alliance and the Atlantic Quality
Innovation Network (AQIN), the Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization for New
York State, South Carolina, and the District of Columbia under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The educational content is
intended for general information purposes only. You should not rely on the information provided as substitute for
actual professional medical advice, care, or treatment. If you believe you have a medical emergency, contact your
healthcare provider or call 911 immediately. The contents do not necessarily reect CMS policy.
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ANSWER KEY
Question: 1
Answer: b
Question: 2
Answer: c
Question: 3
Answer: True
Question: 4
Answer: True
Question: 5
Answer: a and c
Question: 6
Answer: b and c
Question: 7
Answer: c
Question: 8
Answer: c
Question: 9
Answer: b
Question: 10
Answer: c
Question: 11
Answer: a
Question: 12
Answer: b
Question: 13
Answer: a and b
Question:14
Answer: a, b and c
Question: 15
Answer: a, b and c
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