Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism (OHA)



Venous Thromboembolism (VTE), comprised of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE), is associated with increased patient morbidity and mortality and is one of the most common preventable causes of hospital death. In fact, almost every hospitalized patient has at least one risk factor for developing VTE. Evidence shows that identifying patients at risk of VTE and providing the appropriate thromboprophylaxis interventions can reduce the incidence of VTE.

At a provincial and national level, significant improvements can be made within hospitals to ensure patients are provided with appropriate interventions to prevent VTE from occurring. In 2011, identifying patients at risk of venous thromboembolism (DVT and PE) and providing appropriate thromboprophylaxis became a Required Organizational Practice for Accreditation Canada.

With the help of Dr. William Geerts, Director of Thromboembolism Program, and Artemis Diamantouros, Intervention Coordinator, at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the Ontario Hospital Association has developed an e-learning training module for frontline health care workers.

At the end of this module, participants will:

• Understand the risk factors that predispose hospital patients to VTE

• Comprehend the possible consequences of hospital acquired VTE

• Realize the importance of VTE prevention and the role of the frontline health care worker

For More Information

Contact: Candace Simas

Tel: 416-205-1586