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This resource room is built on well-proven principles of quality improvement, evidence-based medicine as well as personal and institutional experiences. An in depth look at previous or ongoing efforts and resources followed by a redesign in process, work flow, and information transfer and sharing is needed in order to implement an effective team-based approach to prevent hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism (VTE).

Apply to the VTE PC Mentored Implementation Program which leads institutions through the process of implementing the principles outlined in this resource room.

The goal of this resource room is to enhance the efficiency and reliability of your quality improvement efforts to close the gap between best practice and what we actually do to prevent one of the most common causes of hospital deaths, hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism (VTE). In order to implement effective protocols and other QI strategies to minimize hospital-VTE in your institution redesign is needed in care delivery and performance tracking.

This Resource Room will enable you to implement effective protocols by providing you with information on:

You will also have access to:

Why Should You Act?

  • PE resulting from DVT is the most common cause of preventable hospital death.1
  • A U.S. multicenter registry study showed the majority of hospitalized patients with risk factors for DVT did not receive prophylaxis.2
  • The rate of fatal PE more than doubles between the ages 50 and 80 years.3

1Bosker G, Poponick J, Emerman CL, Kleinschmidt K. The current challenge of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in the hospitalized patient. Part II: Treatment and prevention of DVT and PE - evolving risk-stratification and prophylaxis strategies for hospital-based medicine. Accessed October 28, 2003.

2Goldhaber SZ, Tapson VF, for the DVT-FREE Steering Committee. A prospective registry of 5451 patients with ultrasound confirmed deep vein thrombosis. Am J Cardiol. 2004 Jan 15;93(2):259-62

3Hansson P-O, Sorbo J, Eriksson H. Recurrent venous thromboembolism after deep vein thrombosis: incidence and risk factors. Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(6):769-774.

Fundamental Principle for Venous Thromboembolism

A regular assessment of a patient's risk for VTE must be linked to a menu of appropriate prophylaxis options. This element is fundamental to any systematic effort to reduce rates of hospital acquired VTE.

VTE Prevention Collaborative Case Study:

Read about Banner Good Samaritan Hospital, "A Systematic Approach to Reducing Incidences of Hospital-Acquired VTE".




Venous Thromboembolism Resource Room Project Team
This resource room is sponsored in part by a non-educational sponsorship from sanofi-aventis US, LLC

The Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Resource Room is an online resource for visitors to the Society of Hospital Medicine’s website. All content and links have been reviewed by the VTE Resource Room Project Team, however the Society of Hospital Medicine does not exercise any editorial control over content associated with the external links that have been made available via this website.

The contributions of Dr. Maynard and his UCSD collaborators in the development of the SHM VTE Prevention Resource Room and the VTE Prevention Implementation Guide were supported by grant number 1U18HS015826-01 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The contents of this product are solely the responsibility of Dr. Maynard and the SHM VTE Resource Room team, and do not necessarily represent the official view of or imply endorsement by AHRQ or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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