To reduce hospital-acquired deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a nurse-led multidisciplinary team at Memorial Medical Center launched a program to identify and administer preventive treatment (prophylaxis) in a timely manner to at-risk surgical and medical patients.
Providers use an established tool to classify patients into low-, moderate-, or high-risk categories, and then prescribe anticoagulant (blood thinner) medication and/or mechanical devices (e.g., elastic stockings) as appropriate based on the patient's risk. The program has resulted in a significant increase in the screening and use of appropriate prophylaxis for moderate- and high-risk patients, and is expected to lead to a reduction in DVT rates over time.
Download the evidence-based tool used for screening and prophylaxis treatment.
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