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guideline 2.263 : VTE Prophylaxis for Inpatients and Recently Discharged - Dept. of Surgery

Contact - Rob Sawyer - Most hospitalized patients have one or more risk factors for venous thromboembolism (VTE) and these risk factors are generally cumulative. Without prophylaxis, deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs after approximately 25% of all major surgical procedures and pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs after approximately 7% of surgeries. PE is the most common preventable cause of hospital death in surgical patients and its prevention is the number one patient safety strategy recommended by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In 2012, the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) published an update to the evidence‐based VTE prevention recommendations.1 The University of Virginia Health System (UVAHS) Venous Thromboembolism Adult Prophylaxis Guidelines were compiled by a cross‐specialty group and are based upon the ACCP guidelines. Screening for VTE risk factors should be conducted as part of a patient’s admission evaluation and also during the preoperative time‐out/final verification process. Guideline 2.261 : Venous Thromboembolism VTE ‐ Prophylaxis Guideline, Adult

  1. effective date:

    06/01/2014
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