Consider appropriate venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention for a hospital inpatient.
The National Prescribing Curriculum (NPC) is a series of interactive case-based modules that encourage confident and rational prescribing. The modules follow a stepwise approach as outlined in the WHO's Guide to Good Prescribing.
In this module you will consider appropriate venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention for a hospital inpatient. This is an important issue to learn about, as despite available options for prevention, VTE (encompassing deep venous thrombosis [DVT] and pulmonary embolism [PE]) remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality for inpatients of Australian hospitals. An estimated 2000 people die each year from VTE, and many of these cases are preventable.
- Identify patient factors that increase the risk of developing VTE.
- Determine patient factors that increase the risk of bleeding.
- Describe non-pharmacological options for VTE prevention.
- Recall the therapeutic options for prevention of VTE.
- Identify resources to guide decision making regarding VTE prevention.