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 June 2018)

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!

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General Resources

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