Anticoagulation module 2: antiplatelet therapy

Released1 April 2016     Expires: 01 April 2018      Programme: Anticoagulation 1 CPD/CME credit

Sponsorship Statement: Supported by an educational grant from Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) and Pfizer. BMS and Pfizer had no role in the writing of the modules and had no editorial control over the content.

Designed to give healthcare professionals a clear understanding of the importance of antiplatelet therapy. It is one of several modules in our anticoagulation programme.

Module first published: 10 April 2013
Revised module released: 01 April 2016

1 CPD/CME credit

Learning objectives

Upon completing this module, participants should be better able to:

  • Understand the importance of platelets in pathology
  • Be able to discuss the physiology of the platelet
  • Recognise three major routes for suppressing platelet function
  • Be aware of the mode of action of metabolic inhibitors
  • Appreciate the value of ADP-receptor blockers
  • Explain the uses of GpIIb/IIIa receptor blockers
  • Be prepared for the consequences of mis-management of antiplatelet therapy: haemorrhage


Dr Andrew Blann, Consultant Clinical Scientist, City Hospital, Birmingham
Module revised by Dr Matthew Rogers, Locum Consultant Haematologist, Royal Surrey County Hospital


1 CPD/CME credit, 1.0 hour
BJC Learning has assigned one hour of CPD/CME credit to this module

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