Blood Clots or (Venous Thromboembolism – VTE)

Recent recommendations issued by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) look to reduce maternal mortality due to blood clots. These recommendations provide risk factors, such as history of VTE, obesity, hypertension and smoking, as well as risk prevention treatments.

Additionally, the recommendations discuss the value of monitoring and how to treat suspected or acute cases of VTE. “Fortunately,” says Dr. Andra James (Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, University of Virginia School of Medicine), “risk factors for VTE can be reduced by simple and cost-effective measures, such as fitting inflatable compression devices on a woman’s legs before cesarean delivery and using inflatable compression sleeves until the woman is able to walk after delivery.”

PPAHS, together with healthcare experts and patient safety advocates, will be developing a succinct checklist targeting VTE for women following cesarean and vaginal delivery, and the extension of prophylaxis post discharge. PPAHS encourages the participation of healthcare providers in its development. For more on this initiative, please click here.

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