Blood Clots

Recommendations for Reducing Death and Disability among Stroke Victims to be released at International Stroke Conference 2015

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

Blood Clots, Must Reads, Opioid Safety, Respiratory Compromise

Weekly Must Reads in Patient Safety (Oct 31, 2014)

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:

ebola comic

The Good News

First, we’ll start with the good news, because most people love a celebration. Read More

Blood Clots

Preventing Blood Clots in Stroke Patients: An Interview with Dr. Martin Dennis on the Clots 3 Study

By Lynn Razzano RN, MSN, ONCC and Michael Wong, JD

Venous thromboembolism (VTE), commonly referred to as blood clots in the legs or lungs) is a common and potentially avoidable cause of death and illness in hospitalized patients. Each year in the United States, it has been estimated that about 300,000 cases of VTE occur. Mortality can be as high as 3.8% in patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and 38.9% in those with pulmonary embolism (PE). VTE is associated with a high risk of death in the United States and Europe, with an estimated incidence rate of 1 in 1,000 patients. VTE is particularly common after a stroke. Approximately 20% of hospitalized immobile stroke patient will develop DVT, and 10% a PE. Read More