Blood Clot Prevention
What are we measuring?
Venous thromboembolisms (VTEs) are blood clots that form in the deep veins of the body, often the legs, and travel through the bloodstream, where they lodge in the lungs.
VTEs are one of the most common complications after surgery, but they often can be prevented by following certain guidelines. Patients at risk for VTEs can be treated with anticoagulants (blood-thinning medication) and other therapies to help keep clots from forming.
This chart indicates how often appropriate care and education was given to patients at Norwalk Hospital to help prevent venous thromboembolisms (VTEs).
How are we doing?
We compare the current quarter to the same quarter the previous year, and to the national benchmark. Higher numbers are better.
What are we doing to improve?
Giving patients anticoagulant medication has been clearly shown to reduce the likelihood of venous thromboembolisms if administered or applied after surgery. Our nurses work with doctors to identify patients at risk for VTEs, using real-time risk-assessment guidelines. They work together to determine the right treatment for each patient.
Our Performance Measures