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Effective July 25 2019, the Canadian Patient Safety Institute has archived the Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) intervention. Though you may continue to access the Getting Started Kit online, it will no longer be updated.

Despite the overwhelming evidence supporting the use of thromboprophylaxis, and the numerous clinical practice guidelines recommending thromboprophylaxis, audits of patient care consistently find major gaps in the provision of this key patient safety intervention. In fact, the majority of patients for whom thromboprophylaxis has been demonstrated to be effective receive either no prophylaxis or inappropriate prophylaxis.

This section includes:

  • Adherence to VTE Prophylaxis Guidelines
  • Common Barriers to VTE Prophylaxis

Section 3: Adherence to VTE Prophylaxis Guidelines


This document was updated in January 2017

The Model for Improvement is designed to accelerate the pace of improvement using the PDSA cycle; a "trial and learn" approach to improvement based on the scientific method. Please refer to the Improvement Frameworks GSK (2015) for additional information.

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