- Downloadable PDF of the bundle
- Complete resource listing
- The supporting commentary has been published in the following journals:
Use a standardized thromboembolism risk assessment tool for VTE during:
- Outpatient prenatal care
- Antepartum hospitalization
- Hospitalization after cesarean or vaginal deliveries
- Postpartum period (up to 6 weeks after delivery)
- A validation study of a retrospective venous thromboembolism risk scoring method – Link to abstract only; must be subscriber for full-text.
- A risk assessment model for the identification of hospitalized medical patients at risk for venous thromboembolism: the Padua Prediction Score.
- VTE, thrombophilia, antithrombotic therapy, and pregnancy: Antithrombotic Therapy and Prevention of Thrombosis, 9th ed: American College of Chest Physicians Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines.
- RCOG Green-Top Guideline No. 37a: Thrombosis and Embolism during Pregnancy and the Puerperium, Reducing the Risk (RCOG)
- ACOG Practice Bulletin No. 123: Thromboembolism In Pregnancy (ACOG) – Available until 10/28/16
- Apply standardized tool to all patients to assess VTE risk at time points designated under “Readiness”
- Apply standardized tool to identify appropriate patients for thromboprophylaxis
- Provide patient education
- Provide all healthcare providers education regarding risk assessment tools and recommended thromboprophylaxis
- Use standardized recommendations for mechanical thromboprophylaxis
- Use standardized recommendations for dosing of prophylactic and therapeutic pharmacologic anticoagulation
- Use standardized recommendations for appropriate timing of pharmacologic prophylaxis with neuraxial anesthesia
- Review all thromboembolism events for systems issues and compliance with protocols
- Monitor process metrics and outcomes in a standardized fashion
- Assess for complications of pharmacologic thromboprophylaxis
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