In this retrospective cohort of inpatients on VTE thromboprophylaxis, only about 3/4 of those on LMWH and about 1/2 of those on UFH received all of their scheduled doses. Of the missed doses, 39%-44% were due to patient refusal. This study highlights the critical need for patient education, to ensure appropriate adherence of VTE thromboprophylaxis (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.