• Blood Clot Prevention and Treatment

    A venous thromboembolism, or VTE, occurs when a blood clot forms in the veins. Blood clots can develop in the leg veins (called a deep vein thrombosis), dislodge and travel to the lungs (called a pulmonary embolism). VTE can be fatal and can occasionally travel to the brain. Patients who are immobile, such as hospitalized patients, are especially at high risk. Preventive therapies, such as blood thinners and compression stockings, can reduce the chance of VTE from developing.

    The graphs below show Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s performance in following best practices (evidence-based processes of care) and achieving the best results to prevent and treat blood clots in patients. The charts also show how often patients had blood clots that were preventable.

    A column with N/A indicates one of the following: we did not have enough eligible patients to report on that measure; CMS held the data for one or more quarters; results were unavailable for the reporting period; no cases met the criteria for the measure; or results could not be calculated for the reporting period.

    The reports on our site include information from Hospital Compare as well as our most current data averaged over the past year.

  • Recommended Blood Thinner Treatment Given

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    Patients who have venous thromboembolism (VTE), or blood clots in their veins, can take an anticoagulant, or a blood-thinning medicine, to block the formation of blood clots. Patients should receive a blood thinner first, either by intravenous therapy (an IV through the vein) or through an injection of a medicine like heparin that can enter the bloodstream quickly. They should then start a blood thinner medicine, like warfarin, that can be taken orally. These medicines should be properly given so that patients receive both blood thinners for five days, or until IV treatment can be discontinued. At this point, the oral blood thinner should be continued. This chart shows the percent of patients with blood clots who received the recommended treatment of both blood-thinning medications or were discharged with the medicines, if needed. Higher percentages are better. A column with N/A indicates that we did not have enough eligible patients to report on this measure.

  • Received Blood Thinner Discharge Instructions

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    Patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE), or blood clots in their veins, usually receive blood thinner medicines at hospital discharge. It is important for patients to have information about these medicines before leaving the hospital so they can care for themselves at home. This information should educate patients about side effects, recommended diet, instructions on how and when to take the medicine, and signs of possible drug reactions. This chart shows the percent of blood clot patients discharged on blood thinners who received written instructions about their medications before leaving the hospital. Higher percentages are better. A column with N/A indicates that we did not have enough eligible patients to report on this measure.

  • Blood Clot Prevention Given to ICU Patients

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    Patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) may be in bed or immobile for long periods of time and are at particularly high risk for developing venous thromboembolism (VTE), or blood clots in the veins. Preventative treatments like compression stockings, blood thinners and other medications can help reduce the chance of blood clots forming in the veins. These treatments may not be appropriate for all patients. This chart shows the percent of ICU patients who received blood clot prevention treatment on the day of or day after arriving at the hospital, being admitted to the ICU, or having surgery. Higher percentages are better. A column with N/A indicates that we did not have enough eligible patients to report on this measure.

  • IV Blood Clot Treatment and Monitoring Given

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    Patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE), or blood clots in the veins, may receive a variety of medications used to thin the blood. Patients who receive unfractionated heparin, one type of a blood- thinning medication, should have regular blood tests at the hospital to monitor the therapeutic level of the drug. Monitoring these labs closely reduces the risk of bleeding that is associated with taking this medication. This chart shows the percent of patients with blood clots who were prescribed unfractionated IV heparin and had their blood regularly checked at the hospital. Higher percentages are better. A column with N/A indicates that we did not have enough eligible patients to report on this measure.

  • Developed Hospital-Acquired Blood Clots

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    Hospital patients have an increased risk of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE), or blood clots in their veins, because they are often in bed for long periods of time. Blood clots can be dangerous, breaking loose and traveling to other parts of the body, like the lungs or brain. Hospitals can help prevent blood clots by assessing at-risk patients and giving preventive treatments like compression stockings, blood thinners and other medicines. This chart shows the percent of patients who developed a blood clot while in the hospital and did not get treatment that could have prevented it. Lower percentages are better. A column with N/A indicates that we did not have enough eligible patients to report on this measure.

  • Blood Clot Prevention Given

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    Patients, especially those who are immobile for a long time, have an increased chance of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE), or blood clots, most often in the leg veins. Blood clots can break loose and travel to the lungs or brain. Prophylactic, or preventative, medications such as blood thinners or compression (tight-fitting) stockings should be given to patients to minimize the chance of blood clots. These treatments may not be appropriate for all patients. This chart shows the percent of patients who received blood clot prevention treatment on the day of or day after arriving at the hospital or having surgery. Higher percentages are better. A column with N/A indicates that we did not have enough eligible patients to report on this measure.

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