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Venous thromboembolism comprises both deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) and is one of the most common and preventable complications of hospitalization.1 Many risk factors for developing VTE have been identified (see Table 1), but the most common risk factor in hospitalized patients is reduced mobility. Almost every hospitalized patient has at least one of these risk factors for VTE and most have multiple risk factors.2

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.

The VTE Getting Started Kit provides you with evidence-based resources to assist you in increasing the use of appropriate thromboprophylaxis in acute care hospitalized patients and aligns with Accreditation Canada's Required Organizational Practices on VTE prevention. This free resource contains clinical information, information on the science of improvement, and everything you need to know to optimize the appropriate use of thromboprophylaxis.

Getting Started Kit

The Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Getting Started Kit is divided into eight sections:

  • Section 1: Rationale for VTE Prophylaxis
  • Section 2: Evidence-Based Appropriate VTE Prophylaxis
  • Section 3: Adherence  to VTE Prophylaxis
  • Section 4: A Formal Process to VTE Prophylaxis Quality Improvement: The 10 Steps
  • Section 5: VTE Prophylaxis Improvement Guide
  • Section 6: Measurement and the VTE Improvement Program
  • Section 7: Measurement - Technical Descriptions and Worksheets
  • Section 8: Appendices 

Want to learn more?  Download the complete Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Getting Started Kit

This document was updated in January 2017

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