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
Best Practice Guidelines
Safety Action Bundle Updated April 2017!
- VTE Prevention – Hospital Setting
- Planning an Intervention Job Aid | Venous Thromboembolism
- Venous Thromboembolism Prevention | Test of Change Template
- 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