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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.

Audits, followed by feedback, are effective strategies to identify the gap between the evidence or hospital policy and practice, and are very effective methods to inform quality improvement. The institution's ability to provide high quality patient care can be assessed through periodic measurement of process of care indicators, adherence with local policies and/or clinical outcomes. In relation to the prevention of VTE, measurement of current practice provides important feedback to organization leadership, frontline workers, and, in some cases, to patients and the public.

This section includes:

1. Local Audit Results

  • Table 8 - Comparison of Snapshot vs Detailed Audits

2. Conducting a VTE Audit

3. Process of Care Measures

4. Clinical Outcomes

  • Table 9 - Methods for Defining Hospital-Acquired Venous Thromboembolism

Section 6: Measurement and the VTE Improvement Program


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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