Improve VTE Care and Prevention
Venous thromboembolism (VTE), encompassing pulmonary embolism (PE) and deep venous thrombosis (DVT), is a major cause of morbidity and mortality.1 Hospitalists often care for patients with VTE and can lead their institutions in safe approaches to treatment by developing strategies to operationalize cost-effective programs that will improve patient outcomes and reduce financial burden.
Recent increases in the number of available anticoagulants, advances in diagnostic algorithms, risk stratification and prognostication tools have rapidly transformed the care of VTE patients over the past several years. New advances include easier and safer treatment options, and cost-effective diagnostic strategies and tools that help triage PE patients with “large clots” toward thrombolysis and patients with “small clots” toward outpatient management without the need for prolonged hospitalization. Additionally, SHM and its partners have developed effective strategies for the prevention of long-term consequences of VTE, including recurrence and post-thrombotic syndrome.
This guide provides a "quick-read" resource on VTE treatment.
The 10th edition update includes comprehensive guidelines on antithrombotic therapy for VTE disease and expert guidance documents, such as those published by the acforum.org. It addresses key topics, including outpatient treatment of DVT, risk assessment and thrombolysis in acute PE, selection and reversal of anticoagulants, prevention of post-thrombotic syndrome and effective care transitions.
SHM's VTE Treatment CME Webinar Series
SHM ‘s project team partnered with QuantiaMD, to develop Take 5: Discharge Strategies. This webinar is designed to help you improve the discharge transition for your patients with specific clinical diagnoses in just 5 minutes, covering basic facts and risks, patient education, pharmacological and non-pharmacological therapies, and additional resources. While these modules focus on specific topics, discharge strategies presented here can be applied to multiple diagnoses.
The project team also developed a four-part CME webinar series consisting of:
- A Cost-Effective Approach to VTE Diagnosis
- Improving the Safety of Anticoagulation with DOACs
- Treatment of High-Risk Venous Thromboembolism
- Treatment of Low-Risk Venous Thromboembolism
These webinars will only be available through May 2018 and participation is free to members. See the resources to view the webinars.
1Lenchus, J. D., Biehl, M., Cabrera, J., Moraes, A. G. D., & Dezfulian, C. (2017). In-Hospital Management and Follow-Up Treatment of Venous Thromboembolism: Focus on New and Emerging Treatments. Journal of Intensive Care Medicine, 32(5), 299-311.