Thomas-Horton E, Whinney R, Rauscher S, Falker A, Nash J, Mantia P, Dougherty D, Schurrer D, Harris H, Smith J, Jones J; Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center, Mo

Purpose: Complications related to deep vein thrombosis (DVT) kill more people than HIV disease, breast cancer, and highway fatalities combined. Virtually every hospitalized patient has risk factors of venous thrombus embolism, yet this silent threat frequently goes unrecognized. A multidisciplinary team was organized to recognize, prevent, and treat DVT. Description: Team members included nurses, physicians, rehabilitation services, OR personnel, safety specialist, operations coordinator, and supply manager. The team’s goal was to establish a hospital-wide DVT program and to make sure 100% of patients receive DVT assessment and appropriate prophylaxis. Our slogan was “Help Make Our Hospital a DVT Safety Zone.” Team members developed tools specific to their area of...

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