Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)

Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) is the most common preventable cause of hospital death.  Per the CDC, 10-30% of people die within one month of VTE diagnosis and sudden death is the first symptom in 25% of people who have a PE.  VTE is associated with long-term complications and one third of patients with a VTE have a recurrence within 10 years.

Pharmacological thromboprophylaxis for VTE is safe, effective and cost-effective.  However, there is a gap between the evidence and implementation, thus many hospitalized patients at risk for VTE are not treated with prophylaxis.

The WSHA VTE Safety Action Bundle is a guide to assist facilities in developing a comprehensive multidisciplinary VTE prevention program.

Our goal is to reduce post-operative VTE by 20% by September 27, 2017. 

Measure Definition Sheet

AHRQ PSI #12 Specifications (Version 7.0 Update July 2017)

Best Practice Guidelines

AHRQ’s Preventing Hospital-Associated Venous Thromboembolism

Society of Hospital Medicine: Venous Thromboembolism Implementation Guide

WSHA Toolkit

Safety Action Bundle  Updated April 2017!

Additional Resources

AHA Scientific Statement: Management of Massive and Submassive Pulmonary Embolism, Iliofemoral Deep Vein Thrombosis, and Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension

AHRQ Guideline Summary: Best evidence statement (BESt): VTE prophylaxis in children and adolescents

American Academy of Family Physicians: Current Diagnosis of Venous Thromboembolism in Primary Care (Reaffirmed, 2014)

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: Preventing Venous Thromboembolic Disease in Patients Undergoing Elective Hip and Knee Arthroplasty (2011)

American College of Physicians:  Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Hospitalized Patients (2011)

American College of Chest Physicians: Prevention of VTE in Orthopedic Surgery Patients (Revised 2012)

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Thromboembolism in Pregnancy (Reaffirmed, 2014)

American Society of Clinical Oncology: Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis and Treatment in Patient with Cancer (Updated, 2014)

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence: Reducing Venous Thromboembolism Risk in Hospital patients (Interactive Flowchart)

National Quality Forum: National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Prevention and Care of Venous Thromboembolism

VTE Prevention – Hospital Setting

Planning an Intervention Job Aid | Venous Thromboembolism

Venous Thromboembolism Prevention | Test of Change Template


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