VTE (venous thromboembolism) is a term that includes both DVT (deep vein thrombosis) and PE (Pulmonary Embolus). Annually, more than 2 million people develop VTE and greater than 200,000 die from VTE complications. It’s the leading cause of preventable death among hospital patients.

Reduction and prevention of VTEs will enable Piedmont Healthcare to achieve its Quality, Safety, and Service goals that are at the core of its strategic vision. Watch video below to see how these protocols have positively affected patients, nurses, and physicians.


Your role as an ICU provider

  • Assess each admitted and surgery patient for risk of VTE (blood clots); order corresponding treatment

  • Utilize VTE risk order set on every patient

  • Utilize and promote VTE prevention protocols to peers, staff, patients and patient family members

what if a patient refuses chemical or mechanical prophylaxis?

  • The nurse will explain to patient how receiving chemical prophylaxis is important in preventing blood clots and refer to patient flyer regarding the importance of prophylaxis.

  • If still refusing, you will be notified.

  • If patient still refuses, document in the EMR that patient refused.

  • Submit a variance in the RL system about patient refusal.

The VTE Risk Order Set


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