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Venous Thromboembolism

Hospital-associated venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a major public health concern. All perioperative patients may be at risk for VTE because of immobility, vessel injury, compression of tissue caused by retraction, and patient positioning requirements. Although as many as 70% of hospital-associated VTE cases could be prevented, fewer than half of hospitalized patients receive preventive measures according to the standard of care.1 The gap between evidence-based practice and actual clinical practice for VTE prevention is concerning and presents a major opportunity for improvement in patient care.

1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Venous thromboembolism (blood clots). Retrieved 2017;2017(5/22).

Gap Analysis/Purpose

This course provides guidance to perioperative team members for developing and implementing a protocol for prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE), including prevention of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) by mechanical and pharmacologic prophylaxis and prevention of pulmonary embolism (PE) as a complication of DVT.


  • Identify features of a health care organization-wide protocol for prevention of VTE.
  • Identify VTE risk factors included in a preoperative patient assessment.
  • Identify perioperative considerations regarding mechanical and pharmacologic prophylaxis.
  • Identify items to include in postoperative patient and care giver instructions.

1.0 Contact Hours

Expires 6/24/20

Course Requirements

To receive 1.0 contact hour for this course, you must achieve mastery of the content and submit an evaluation as instructed at the end of the course. This course contains 61 questions.

Accreditation, Disclaimer and Copyright


This program is approved for 1.0 hour of AEU credit by BASC provider #0102.

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