Using a venous thromboembolism checklist significantly improves VTE prevention: a junior doctor led intervention.
Aims: Given that venous thromboembolic disease is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality, the aim of this study was to increase the rate of VTE risk assessment performed by junior doctors in the acute setting. We also wanted to increase the rates of prescription of thromboembolic preventative measures in those patients whom the assessment identified as being high risk. Methods: A survey of all patients admitted to three medical wards over a 3-week period was performed to determine whether VTE risk assessment had been performed, and whether prescription of prophylactic measures had been carried out where appropriate. A prompt sheet was subsequently attached to the drug card, and the survey repeated to assess impact on risk assessment and prescription rates. Results: Use of the prompt sheet significantly increased the percentage of patients being appropriately prescribed VTE prophylaxis. CONCLUSIONS/MESSAGE FOR THE CLINIC: Most physicans are aware of the risk of VTE to inpatients, but because of human factors throughout the daily ward activities, VTE assessment can be missed. A simple intervention such as a VTE assessment prompt sheet on the front of the drug card can significantly improve VTE assessment and therefore patient safety.
Colborne, Natalie R.