A new Journal of Hospital Medicine supplement, “Preventing Hospital-Acquired Venous Thromboembolism: Lessons from the Field,” includes articles that demonstrate the benefit of hospitalwide reminders and alerts used to evaluate risks for blood clots and ensure all people at risk receive effective preventive measures. The supplement, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, includes an editorial co-authored by two experts from AHRQ’s Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, center Director P. Jeffrey Brady, M.D., M.P.H., and Medical Officer Barbara Bartman, M.D., M.P.H. Articles in the supplement show that several hospitals were able to prevent venous thromboembolisms (VTEs) by engaging teams of health care experts, informing patients and providers about the need for and benefits of VTE prevention, and using technology (such as electronic risk assessment and clinical decision support tools and alerts) to ensure all patients were assessed for their VTE risk and bleeding. AHRQ offers a toolkit that health care providers can use to ensure they are following best practices in VTE prevention.
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