Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) is a blood clot that forms within a vein, often from being immobile. Naturally, those that are hospitalized are often at the greatest risk. There are nearly 200,000 deaths attributed to VTE each year, making it one of the most commonly cited preventable causes of hospital death. And though the concern around VTE is real, a recent study involving 68,000 patients across 32 countries showed that VTE-preventative measures are not being provided as often as recommended1-2.
Introducing cost-effective measures, such as anticoagulants and venous outflow devices, are simple and effective means to prevent VTE in patients at risk2. But the first thing you have to do is act.
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- Maynard G. Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prevention in the Hospital. Archive.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/quality- resources/value/vtepresentation/maynardtxt.html. Captured April 15, 2015.
- Understanding VTE, Royal College of Nursing, 2012. http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/practice/cpd_online_learning/nice_care_preventing_venousthromb oembolism/understanding_vte. Captured on August 14, 2014.