Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
What are we tracking and why?
We monitor the occurrence of potentially-preventable venous thromboembolism among our adult inpatients. A venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a blood clot that forms in a person’s vein, usually in the leg. A VTE can be life-threatening if it travels to the lungs, heart or brain.
Patients admitted to the hospital are more likely to develop a VTE because of their surgery or low level of activity. However, VTEs can be prevented with the use of medication and medical devices. We track the percentage of inpatients that develop a VTE who were not given any prevention medication or device.
What are we doing to improve?
We want to prevent as many blood clots as possible. We use policies validated by the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) to screen, prevent and treat blood clots while in the hospital. These evidence-based best practice guidelines focus on identifying patients at risk for blood clots, preventing, diagnosing, treating, and monitoring and providing VTE-prevention education to patients.
What can you do?
Please ask your care team if you are at risk for developing blood clots. Also, speak to your care team immediately if you experience pain or tenderness in one leg with corresponding:
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