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Just Do It!VTE Prevention in Hospitalized Patients: Meeting Patient Safety Goals in VTE Prevention

COL Lisa K. Moores, MD, MC, USA, FCCP
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From the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Correspondence to: Lisa K. Moores, MD, The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, 4301 Jones Bridge Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814; e-mail: lmoores@usuhs.mil


Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The author has reported to CHEST that no potential conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (http://www.chestpubs.org/site/misc/reprints.xhtml).


© 2012 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2012;141(3):578-580. doi:10.1378/chest.11-1835
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VTE in hospitalized patients is a common and preventable condition. According to the eighth edition of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) Antithrombotic Guidelines,1 it is estimated that >12 million patients yearly are at risk, and VTE accounts for ∼10% of in-hospital mortality. The ACCP guidelines, as well as those of other national and international societies, provide clear evidence of the effectiveness of preventive strategies in reducing morbidity, mortality, and hospital costs.2,3 These guidelines offer evidence-based recommendations on how to develop hospital-based strategies for prevention. The ACCP guidelines, in particular, give a strong (Grade 1A) recommendation to the development of a formal, active, written VTE-prevention strategy at each hospital or practice.1

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