Preventing Venous Thromboembolisms in the Hospital

Greg Maynard, M.D., University of California, San Diego AHRQ Grant No. HS015826-01

Overview

This project focuses on eliminating preventable hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism. The safe-practice intervention focuses on improved adherence to proven prophylactic methods that should substantially reduce venous thromboembolism in hospitalized patients. The project toolkit includes:

  • Materials to assess venous thromboembolism risk at admission and a prophylaxis protocol that includes recommended options for patients at various risk levels.
  • Software-based protocols that others can use to create and modify venous thromboembolism prophylaxis order sets based on their own evidence-based conclusions

Target Audience

Physicians, nurses, quality and safety professionals.

Health Care Setting

Hospital care units, intensive care units, emergency departments.

Toolkit Web Site

Venous Thromboembolism Reading Room
http://www.hospitalmedicine.org/ResourceRoomRedesign/RR_VTE/VTE_Home.cfm

AHRQ Product

Preventing Hospital-Acquired Venous Thromboembolism: A Guide for Effective Quality Improvement
http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/vtguide/

Press Releases

AHRQ Releases Two New Resources to Help Consumers and Clinicians Prevent Dangerous Blood Clots
September 15, 2008
http://www.ahrq.gov/news/press/pr2008/blclotspr.htm

Society of Hospital Medicine Recognizes the UCSD Team Headed by Greg Maynard, M.D., M.Sc., with the Team Approaches in Quality Improvement Award
April 23, 2008
http://www.hospitalmedicine.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Press_Releases&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&contentID=17506

Podcasts

Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism Guide for Clinicians
http://healthcare411.ahrq.gov/featureAudio.aspx?id=922

Presentation Slides

Guide Available for Deep Vein Thrombosis
Presenter: Dr. Greg Maynard, M.D., M.Sc.
Date: September 15, 2009
Venue: 2009 AHRQ Annual Conference
http://www.ahrq.gov/about/annualconf09/maynard.htm

AHRQ/QIO Venous Thromboembolism Prevention in the Hospital
Presenter: Dr. Greg Maynard, M.D., M.Sc.
Date: September 16, 2009
Venue: 2009 AHRQ Annual Conference
http://www.ahrq.gov/about/annualconf09/maynard2.htm

Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prevention in the Hospital
Date: May 2010
Venue: Web conference
http://www.ahrq.gov/qual/vtepresentation/maynardtxt.htm

Impact Case Studies

Illinois Hospitals — Posted May 2010
http://www.ahrq.gov/about/casestudies/ptsafety/ps2010f.htm

Iowa Hospitals — Posted May 2010
http://www.ahrq.gov/about/casestudies/ptsafety/ps2010g.htm

New York Hospitals — Posted May 2010
http://www.ahrq.gov/about/casestudies/ptsafety/ps2010h.htm

Return to Contents

Current as of October 2004
Internet Citation: Preventing Venous Thromboembolisms in the Hospital . October 2004. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patient-safety-resources/resources/pips/maynard.html