Thrombosis

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October 2017

AHRQ: Review of VTE prophylaxis in orthopedic surgery

Editor's Note A new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) compares the effectiveness of strategies to prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients having total hip replacement (THR), total knee replacement (TKR), or hip fracture surgery. The study directly compares different types of blood thinners and mechanical…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 13, 2017
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Joint Commission offers free VTE compendium of resources

Editor's Note The Joint Commission on June 21 announced its new, free venous thromboembolism (VTE) compendium of resources. The compendium was developed to help clinicians, healthcare educators, and other healthcare professionals provide reliable and up-to-date patient education materials for VTE and anticoagulation therapy. Joint Commission Online Weekly Newsletter

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By: Judy Mathias
June 23, 2017
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Anticoagulants not necessary for many surgical patients

Editor's Note Three out of four surgery patients may be receiving anticoagulants they don’t need, the January 23 EurekAlert reports.  Researchers reviewed 14,776 records from 13 studies to determine which surgical patients would and would not benefit from anticoagulants. High-risk patients who were given anticoagulants had a significantly decreased risk…

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By: Judy Mathias
January 24, 2017
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Joint Commission requesting VTE discharge instructions

Editor's Note The Joint Commission is asking hospitals to share their discharge instructions and educational materials for patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE) who are on anticoagulants. The Joint Commission’s Department of Health Services Research is soliciting this information as part of a research project. These materials may be used to develop…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 7, 2016
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AHRQ updates guidelines for preventing hospital-associated VTE

Editor's Note The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has updated its “Preventing hospital-associated venous thromboembolism [VTE]: A guide for effective quality improvement.” The guidelines were originally published in 2008. The update includes: new and improved metrics for tracking the adequacy of VTE prophylaxis good and bad aspects of…

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By: Judy Mathias
September 6, 2016
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Early prophylaxis lowers VTE risk after brain trauma

Editor's Note Starting blood thinners within 72 hours of hospital arrival significantly lowers the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in traumatic brain injury patients and does not increase risk of intracranial hemorrhage, this study finds. A total of 2,468 patients were divided into two groups: early prophylaxis (started within 72…

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By: Judy Mathias
July 22, 2016
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Penalties based on number of VTEs unfairly imposed

Editor's Note After a review of 128 case histories, Johns Hopkins researchers find that financial penalties imposed by federal and state agencies on Maryland hospitals based solely on the total number of patients who suffer venous thromboemboli (VTEs) fail to account for those that occur despite the consistent and proper…

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By: OR Manager
July 29, 2015
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Steps to preventing DVT for outpatients

It's a common scenario. A patient has a minor orthopedic procedure, such as a hammertoe repair, and receives a cast. The patient is immobilized at home and ends up with deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Venous thromboembolism (VTE), a frequent complication of surgery that manifests as DVT or pulmonary embolism (PE),…

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By: Judith M. Mathias, RN, MA
November 1, 2010
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