The guidelines for preventing VTE after total joint arthroplasty (such as, knee and hip replacement) by the Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American College of Chest Physicians are unanimous – both pharmacological and mechanical prophylaxis are needed.
The AAOS recommends the use of pharmacological and/or mechanical compression devices for both total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee replacement (TKA) patients who are not at an elevated risk for VTE or bleeding, as well as for patients with a known bleeding disorder and/or active liver disease.
PPAHS will be beginning a new #patientsafety campaign to develop practical solutions to help assess and prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients undergoing orthopedic procedures, particularly total knee and hip replacement. More commonly known as blood clots, VTE consists of both deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolisms (PE) . Read More
First, our apologies to Nike – we would like to use the phrases “Just Do It” and “Just Don’t Do It” to sum up this week’s must reads: Read More
Our must reads for this week focus on 5 key tips, which if followed, could save a life.
As well, if you tweet about patient safety, a big “thank you” – see if your name appears below in our retweet shout outs. Read More
Presenting at a standing-room-only meeting at the recent International Stroke Conference (ISC), health experts recommended shortened door-to-treatment times and the use of intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) to help prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) in stroke patients. Read More
Guidelines Poised to Change Standard of Care for Stroke Treatment and Help Caregivers Lower Incidences of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) in Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke Patients Read More
Of the more than 125 articles we posted in 2014, below are eight of the most read and most discussed articles on blood clots (order is by publication date): Read More
Good news and bad news.
Yes, there have been other things going on in healthcare other than Ebola-mania … thanks @sacbee_news for this illustration putting Ebola in perspective:
The Good News
First, we’ll start with the good news, because most people love a celebration. Read More
Lynn Razzano, RN, MSN, ONCC, clinical nurse consultant with Physician-Patient Alliance for Health and Safety, recently spoke with Outpatient Surgery about preventing deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism during the perioperative process for same-day surgery patients. Read More
By Lynn Razzano RN, MSN, ONCC (Clinical Nurse Consultant)
That’s the bottom line of a report from the Healthcare Management Council (HMC). HMC analyzed federal data to identify the most common hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) as well as their annual cost per patient and the annual average cost to hospitals. Read More