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Has the Pendulum Swung Too Far? Evaluation of the Appropriate Use of VTE Prophylaxis for Medical Inpatients

Courtney Fay, DO
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CCMC, Wayne, PA


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;150(4_S):973A. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.08.1078
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SESSION TITLE: Practice Management

SESSION TYPE: Original Investigation Poster

PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

PURPOSE: Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is the most common cause of hospital death. However, studies have not been able to show a consistent benefit of VTE prophylaxis on mortality in hospitalized medical patients. Medical inpatients are a very heterogenous group; not all of them need VTE prophylaxis. Several risk assessment modules including the Padua Prediction Score, attempt to identify patients at high-risk for thromboembolism. The goal of the study was to evaluate if risk is assessed and defined by clinicians prior to prescribing VTE prophylaxis.

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