Learn How to Prevent DVT
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) recently published two new guides to help consumers and clinicians prevent and treat deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
The clinician guide, Preventing Hospital-Acquired Venous Thromboembolism: A Guide for Effective Quality Improvement, instends to help hospitals and clinicians implement processes to prevent dangerous blood clots. The 60-page guide details how to start, implement, evaluate, and sustain a quality improvement strategy. It includes case studies and examples of forms clinicians in the field can use.
AHRQ’s 12-page consumer booklet, Your Guide to Preventing and Treating Blood Clots, is geared to help both patients and their families identify the causes and symptoms of dangerous blood clots, teach tips on how to prevent them, and explain what to expect during treatment.
DVT, a blood clot that forms in the deep veins of the body, most commonly in the lower leg or thigh, is a potentially deadly medical problem affecting at least 350,000 and possibly as many as 600,000 Americans each year, according to the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism.
Dangerous blood clots can form when a person is stationary for a long period of time, such as when recovering from surgery, being hospitalized, or traveling long distances. A blood clot that travels to the lung is called a pulmonary embolism.
Treatment for blood clots often includes blood thinning medications such as Coumadin® (generic name: Warfarin).
Free, single copies of all AHRQ publications are available by calling the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at (800) 358-9295 or by e-mail.