As a CHAP-accredited and Medicare-certified home health agency in Chula Vista, California, one of the many services that we offer is assistance with prothrombin time (PT)/international normalized ratio (INR). For those who aren’t familiar with this, PT is a test that helps assess an individual’s ability to form blood clots properly. The INR is a calculation founded on the PT results and is used to monitor people who are receiving treatment using the blood-thinning medication warfarin.
A PT measures the amount of time it takes for a blood clot to form after certain substances (called reagents) are added to a sample of your blood. It is often performed with a partial thromboplastin time (PTT). Together, they evaluate the overall ability of your blood to produce a clot. For a lot of clients who are receiving home health care in California, they may also be recipients of assistance with PT/INR if they are taking warfarin for a longer length of time under their doctors’ orders.
Of course, there are also other reasons as to why a PT test would be necessary for those aiming to achieve quality home health in San Diego. This may include searching for the cause of abnormal bruising or bleeding, checking how well their liver is working, and looking for signs of a potential bleeding disorder. If your loved ones are one of these individuals, MedlinePlus states that the normal range for their PT results is 11 to 13.5 seconds, and their INR must be at 0.8 to 1.1. On the other hand, the INR of patients taking warfarin will likely be between 2.0 and 3.0