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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.

Quality improvement in the area of VTE prevention (and many other areas of improvement) has a number of elements that greatly increase its potential for success.1-8 For major organization-wide quality improvement initiatives, most of these steps are required to achieve long-term culture change in clinical practice – there are few short-cuts!

This section includes:

The 10 Steps

  1. Obtain institutional support and executive sponsorship
  2. Form a VTE Prevention QI team
  3. Set goals and define the scope of VTE prevention efforts
  4. Map out timelines and accountabilities
  5. Use existing evidence and tools to develop a written local policy and guideline on thromboprophylaxis
  6. Measure the evidence-care gap: collect baseline data
  7. Identify barriers to optimal adherence
  8. Introduce methods to optimize adherence
  9. Collect data to track performance
  10. Review the results and revise implementation strategies, if necessary, to sustain improvement

Section 4: A Formal Process to VTE Prophylaxis Quality Improvement – The 10 Steps


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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