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


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.

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