Patient Safety

Patient Safety Weekly Must Reads (October 28, 2016)

This week at PPAHS, we continue a new campaign targeting orthopedic VTE with a survey; help us by completing it and sending to relevant colleagues.  The latest #patientsafety news involves a new study on OSA, research into possible drivers of the opioid epidemic, and innovations in hospital design.

From PPAHS:

Announcing Survey on Patient Safety in Orthopedics.  As part of our latest campaign focusing on orthopedic VTE, we’ve designed a survey to understand current physician practices.  Help us by taking the survey and sharing with colleagues, and you’ll be entered into a draw for a $100 Amazon gift card. Read More

Blood Clots

VTE Prophylaxis is a Must for Preventing VTE Readmissions in Orthopedic Patients: AAOS & ACCP Guidelines

The guidelines for preventing VTE after total joint arthroplasty (such as, knee and hip replacement) by the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American College of Chest Physicians are unanimous – both pharmacological and mechanical prophylaxis are needed.

x-ray-scanThe AAOS recommends the use of pharmacological and/or mechanical compression devices for both total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee replacement (TKA) patients who are not at an elevated risk for VTE or bleeding, as well as for patients with a known bleeding disorder and/or active liver disease.
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