The study evaluated the long term effectiveness of a multi-faceted VTE prevention program, consisting of a risk assessment linked to a menu of VTE prophylaxis options (within order entry templates), coupled with education, audit/feedback, and identification of non-adherence. Within 3 years, rates of adequate prophylaxis increased from 58% to 93%, and the risk of hospitalized VTE significantly decreased (RR=0.69, CI 0.47-0.79). Using standard QI methodology, this VTE reduction program is both effective and generalizable (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.