Venous thromboembolism (VTE) occurs when a blood clot forms in the deep veins in the legs, travels to another part of the body, and blocks blood flow to vital organs such as the lungs. VTE can occur after a surgical procedure and can be life threatening. Studies has shown that VTE can be prevented with movement, compression stockings, and drugs. The correct treatment depends on various factors. Patients should be assessed for risk factors and the appropriate care should be taken to reduce the risk of VTE.
Patients who developed a blood clot while in the hospital who did not get treatment that could have prevented it.
Percent of patients with blood clots who were discharged on a blood thinner medicine and received written instructions about that medicine.