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Lau BD, Streiff MB, Kraus PS
Missed doses of venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis at community hospitals: cause for alarm.
This study examined the rate of missed doses of venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis at community hospitals in the Washington, DC and greater Baltimore metropolitan areas. This retrospective study included four hospitals within the Johns Hopkins Health System. Non-administration of VTE prophylaxis was found 10.9% to 15.0% of the time among the three community hospitals. About 43.6% of patients missed at least one dose in all four hospitals. The investigators weren’t able to categorize patients by specialty, however it has been reported that more doses are missed with medically ill patients than other hospitalized patients.
Citation: Lau BD, Streiff MB, Kraus PS . Missed doses of venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis at community hospitals: cause for alarm. J Gen Intern Med 2018 Jan;33(1):19-20. doi: 10.1007/s11606-017-4203-y..
Keywords: Blood Clots, Prevention, Blood Thinners, Patient Adherence/Compliance, Medication, Hospitals