Background: The management of vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) associated coagulopathy is a cornerstone of pre-endoscopic assessment of anticoagulated patients presenting with acute gastrointestinal bleeding. Aims: To evaluate physician attitudes in the management of VKAs-associated coagulopathy in patients presenting with gastrointestinal bleeding and to assess their compliance to current practice guidelines. Design: Cross sectional physician web-based survey amongst regional members of three Italian Gastroenterological Societies (AIGO, SIED, SIGE) practicing in academic medical centres or community hospitals. Physicians were asked to provide management preferences in four hypothetical case-scenarios describing patients with warfarin-associated coagulopathy presenting with gastrointestinal bleeding of varying severity. Results: A total of 105 out of 238 (48%) members responded; mean age ± SD: 46.3 ± 9.8 years, 68% male. The adherence to practice guidelines for the reversal of warfarin-induced anticoagulation ranged from 24% to 86% and it was not dependent on age, years and type of specialisation, hospital setting and active performance of " on call" emergency endoscopy or not. Conclusions: There is a considerable variability amongst physicians in the management of gastrointestinal bleeding patients with VKAs-associated coagulopathy and a poor compliance to practice guidelines. These data indicate that better education is needed in this area.
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
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