Clinical Tip: 7 Steps to Prevent VTE

By Lynn Razzano, RN, MSN, ONCC (Clinical Nurse Consultant)

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  1. Focus on assessment and review the OB VTE risk assessment currently in place.
  2. Ensure that VTE risk reassessment of pregnant women is occurring for every admission to the hospital.
  3. Identify patients at risk for VTE.
  4. Utilize VTE prevention prophylaxis and make sure these are adhered to in “real time”.
  5. Communicate practice changes to the OB clinicians as well as hospital administration and get “buy in” for changes to ensure all OB admissions are captured for any reason in particular for non-delivery diagnosis.
  6. Proactively approach all discharge planning, so that pregnant woman are provided with a VTE prevention plan and the necessary prophylaxis for up to 28 days post discharge.
  7. Use proper VTE prevention communication to other healthcare providers of the patient’s care consistently as you would do for medication reconciliation.

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  1. Happy Monday to all, I hope readers take the time to review these 7 steps for VTE prevention and make comments on them. I would highly value any clinical recommendation for VTE prevention that you have successfully implemented and found them to be helpful. I look forward to any comments and suggestions and hope your day is going well. Best regards Lynn Razzano RN,MSN,ONCC Clinical Nurse Consultant PPAHS

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