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Venus Thromboembolism
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“Preventing Hospital-Acquired Venous Thromboembolism: A Guide for Effective Quality Improvement” (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ]) Pharmacologic methods to prevent venous thromboembolism are safe, effective, cost-effective, and advocated by authoritative guidelines, yet large prospective studies continue to demonstrate that these preventive methods are significantly underused. Based on quality improvement initiatives undertaken at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center, and Emory University Hospitals, this guide helps quality improvement practitioners to improve prevention of one of the most important problems facing hospitalized patients: hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism.
“Deep Vein Thrombosis/Pulmonary Embolism (DVT/PE)” (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]) CDC site includes facts, complications, risks, and treatment options for DVT/PE.
“Management of Massive and Submassive Pulmonary Embolism, Iliofemoral Deep Vein Thrombosis, and Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension” (Circulation, American Heart Association [AHA]) [PDF, 7.34MB] Management recommendations for massive and submassive pulmonary embolism, iliofemoral deep vein thrombosis, and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension are addressed in this statement.
“Top Ten Things To Know: Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Management” (AHA) [PDF, 49KB] Top ten list for VTE management.
“Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Following Total Hip and Knee Replacement”, (AHRQ) This AHRQ site includes a direct comparison of recommendations presented in various guidelines for prevention of VTE (DVT or PE) following total hip or knee replacement surgery.
“Blood Clot Education for Patients & Professionals” (National Blood Clot Alliance: Stop the Clot®) Link to an organization that is dedicated to DVT/PE prevention. It includes blood clot education for patients and professionals, links to news articles, and various events.
“Learn about Venous Disease” (Vascular Disease Foundation: Venous Disease Coalition) Organization promotes public and health professional awareness of venous disease. Site includes information on the disease, membership, resources, and events.
“Diagnosis and Treatment of Deep Venous Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism” (AHRQ) This site includes information from AHRQ’s Evidence-Based Practice Program on the diagnosis and treatment of Deep Venous Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism.
“ACCP Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines and Consensus Statements” (Chest, American College of Chest Physicians) Site includes links to ACCP evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and consensus statements.
“Map of Medicine®: Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Risk Assessment (All Patients)” (National Health Service [NHS]) Site includes a VTE risk assessment algorithm.
“NICE Pathways: Venous Thromboembolism Overview” (NHS, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence [NICE])  NICE Pathways is an interactive tool for health and social care professionals, providing fast access to NICE guidance and associated products for VTE prevention.
Prevention and Management of Venous Thromboembolism: A National Clinical Guideline (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network) [PDF, 1.12MB] Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) VTE prevention and management guidelines.
Preventing Hospital-Acquired Venous Thromboembolism: A Guide for Effective Quality Improvement (Society of Hospital Medicine) Site includes information from the Society of Hospital Medicine on effective quality improvement techniques for VTE prevention.
“Why Not the Best? Quality Improvement Resources for Health Care Professionals” (The Commonwealth Fund) Site allows healthcare organizations to search comparative performance data on surgical care, including VTE prevention.
“Venous Thromboembolus (VTE): Mentor Hospital Registry” (Institute for Healthcare Improvement [IHI]) Listing of Mentor Hospitals for VTE treatment and prevention. Includes a quick reference table to find a mentor with similar demographics to the inquiring hospital.
“Expedition for Hospitals: Preventing Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)” (IHI) This program is offered by IHI at a cost and allows hospitals to access information that will help them to implement a program to prevent VTE.
“Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)” (Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence) Site includes links to various hospital case studies.
“Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Resource Centre” (Australian Commission on  Safety and Quality in Health Care) Site includes resources and tools from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare for VTE.
“Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prevention in the Hospital” (AHRQ) Site includes a link to Dr. Greg Maynard’s slide presentation on VTE prevention.
“Venous Thromboembolism — Resources” (Premier Inc.) This site includes links to various VTE resources, toolkits, and guidelines for VTE prevention.
Venous Thromboembolism Prevention: Getting Started Kit (Safer Healthcare Now!) [PDF, 3.25MB] This Getting Started Kit (GSK) has been written to help engage your interprofessional/interdisciplinary teams in a dynamic approach for improving quality and safety while providing a basis for getting started. The VTE GSK represents the most current evidence, knowledge, and practice, as of the date of publication, and includes what has been learned since the first kits were released in 2008.
Prevention and Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) in Obstetrics (Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada) [PDF, 46KB]  A 2000 clinical practice guideline reviewed and approved by the Maternal Fetal Medicine Committee and the Council of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.
Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prophylaxis in Pregnancy and the Puerperium (Queensland Government) [PDF, 994KB] Queensland Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Guideline prepared to promote and facilitate standardization and consistency of practice using a multidisciplinary approach. 
“ACOG Issues Guidelines to Prevent Thromboembolic Events” (WebMD Professional, Medscape News) A Medscape article discussing the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Practice Bulletin published in the September 2011 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Hospital Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Resources (Clot Connect®) Clot Connect® ( is a national collaborative outreach project of the Blood Clot Outreach Program at the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This website provides resources for hospitals and organizations developing VTE prevention strategies.

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