Northwestern Memorial Hospital Recognized by CDC for Innovative, Lifesaving Efforts to Prevent Blood Clots in Hospitalized Patients
VTE is a serious and growing public health problem with an estimated 900,000 VTE events occurring in the U.S. each year, resulting in as many as 100,000 premature deaths. VTE-associated healthcare costs may be as high as $10 billion a year. People who are currently or recently hospitalized, recovering from surgery, or being treated for cancer are at increased risk for developing these deadly blood clots.
Northwestern Memorial’s VTE prevention success relied upon several factors, including:
- Support from senior clinical leadership and hospital administration
- Educational intervention among physicians and nurses to develop their skills and engage their support
- Improvements in the electronic medical record system to advance safe and consistent practice
- Robust collaboration among surgical and medical clinicians to define and adopt VTE prevention practices
- Continuous monitoring of unit-specific performance by hospital leadership, clinical process owners and frontline nurse managers
- Dedicated focus on systematic measurement and feedback, using data to drive improvement.
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