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Figure 4. Outcomes Chain for Hospital-Acquired Venous Thromboembolism

Preventing Hospital-Acquired Venous Thromboembolism

Figure 4. Outcomes Chain for Hospital-Acquired Venous Thromboembolism. For details go to text description.

Whether a patient develops a preventable hospital-acquired deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) depends heavily on recent, appropriate venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis. While one key metric to track is the intermediate outcome "appropriate VTE prophylaxis," the more proximal steps in the care delivery pathway are where care redesign will likely occur (e.g., the VTE protocol). The other key metric to track is the prevalence of hospital-acquired DVT or PE.

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Page last reviewed August 2008
Internet Citation: Figure 4. Outcomes Chain for Hospital-Acquired Venous Thromboembolism: Preventing Hospital-Acquired Venous Thromboembolism. August 2008. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/professionals/quality-patient-safety/patient-safety-resources/resources/vtguide/vtguidefig4.html