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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.

This section of the VTE Prevention Getting Started Kit is a practical guide to assist organizations in ensuring that patients receive appropriate, evidence-based VTE prophylaxis.

This section includes:

1. Steps to Develop an Organization-Wide, Written Thromboprophylaxis Policy or Guideline

  • Components of the Ideal VTE Prevention Protocol

2. Clients at Risk for VTE are Identified and Receive Appropriate, Evidence-Based VTE Prophylaxis

  • Risk Assessment of Patients
  • Table 5 - Caprini Risk Assessment Model
  • Table 6 - Padua Prediction Score
  • Table 7 - Updated “3 Bucket” Model In Use at UC San Diego
3. Development of Order Sets 

  • Computerized Reminder System
4. Measurement (including audits) of Appropriate Thromboprophylaxis

  • Process Measures vs Outcome Measures vs Balancing Measures
  • Sampling Strategies – Process of Care Measures
  • Disseminating Audit Results
5. Mechanisms to Identify and Provide Appropriate Post-Discharge Prophylaxis

6. Information about the Risks of VTE and its Prevention

Section 5: VTE Prophylaxis Improvement Guide


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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