Archive October 2019 XX, No. 10

How We're Fighting VTE - and Winning

Our prevention protocol reduced VTE incidents by 42% in 7 months.

Melissa LeCuyer

Melissa LeCuyer, MSN, RN, NE-BC

BIO

INDIVIDUALIZED CARE
Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR
INDIVIDUALIZED CARE The preventative measures you'll use will be dictated by a specific patient's risk assessment results.

Are your facility's venous thromboembolism (VTE) rates higher than the national standard of 3.72 events per 1,000 patient discharges? In 2016, our VTE rate rose above that national benchmark and continued to climb into early 2018.

To reduce our VTE rate, we relied on the expertise and insights of an interdisciplinary clinical team. After implementing the team's recommendations, the VTE rate began trending downward from the highest rate of 10.01 in January 2018 to 5.5 in July 2018 — a 42% reduction. Our current rate has dropped even lower to 1.41. Here's how we achieved those impressive results.

1. Coordination is key

The success of our VTE reduction efforts would have been impossible without a team approach across multiple disciplines, physician and staff engagement, and executive support. We gathered input and provided education to clinical leaders and directors, surgeons, hospitalists, emergency department physicians, quality partners and frontline staff.

You need to make sure that every disciplinary piece of your VTE puzzle is engaged and informed during this process.

New to Outpatient Surgery Magazine?
Sign-up to continue reading this article.
Register Now
Have an account? Please log in:
Email Address:
  Remember my login on this computer

advertiser banner

Other Articles That May Interest You

Patient Safety: Priority One Protecting Patients

Houston Physicians' Hospital is committed to optimizing patient safety.

Normothermia Is Good Business

Surgical facility leaders say patient warming pays for itself.

Reduce the Risk of Radiation Exposure

Proper personal protection and a healthy dose of common sense will limit intraoperative imaging's inherent dangers.