Ir J Med Sci (2017) 186:743–745 DOI 10.1007/s11845-016-1529-0 ORIGINAL ARTICLE Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis risk assessment in a general surgery cohort: a closed-loop audit 1 1 D. M. McGoldrick H. P. Redmond Received: 8 August 2016 / Accepted: 2 November 2016 / Published online: 9 November 2016 Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland 2016 Abstract rates vary. Use of the VTE risk assessment tool increased Background and aims Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is following the initial audit and intervention. a potential source of morbidity and mortality in surgical in- patients. A number of guidelines exist that advise on pro- Keywords Audit Venous thromboembolism Surgery phylactic measures. We aimed to assess VTE prophylaxis prescribing practices and compliance with a kardex-based risk assessment tool in a general surgery population. Introduction Methods Data on general surgery in-patients were col- lected on two separate wards on two separate days. Drug Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a potential source of kardexes were assessed for VTE prophylaxis measures and morbidity and mortality amongst hospital in-patients. use of the risk assessment tool. NICE and SIGN guidelines Surgical patients are particularly at risk. It has previously were adopted as a gold standard. The audit results and been estimated
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Published: Nov 9, 2016
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