Rate of VTE in surgical patients on prophylaxis

In this evaluation of >2,000 patients in the NSQIP database, of those with appropriate medical VTE prophylaxis, 1.6% developed a VTE, 94% were symptomatic. About half were lower extremity, and 17% were diagnosed after discharge (overall mean time from surgery to diagnosis was 8.6 days). Half of these were associated with a catheter. Overall prevalence of VTE in surgical patients on prophylaxis is low, half of which are associated with catheters (abstract)

Danielle Scheurer

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.

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