Venous thromboembolism (VTE) = deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE)
- 40% of all VTE are associated with hospitalization, occurring either in the hospital or shortly after discharge
- VTE is one of the leading preventable causes of hospital death
- 40% or more of hospital associated VTE is preventable through prophylaxis
Hospital associated venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a serious patient safety issue. With this in mind, Clot Connect has created a section of the ClotConnect.org website with VTE reduction resources. We hope these materials will be helpful for hospitals, health care professionals, administrators and patient safety advocates developing a VTE prevention strategy.
The Hospital Associated VTE resource page includes links to:
- Clinical care VTE prophylaxis and treatment guidelines
- VTE reduction guide
- Patient safety organizations
- Patient education materials
Among the materials, Clot Connect has created a patient educationl handout called "Hospitalized? Protecting yourself from blood clots is as easy as 1-2-3!" We encourage hospitals and health care professionals to reprint and distribute this important blood clot prevention information to their patients.
The Hospital Associated VTE resource page on Clot Connect can found, here.
The hospitalized patient flyer can be found, here.