Preventing Deep Venous Thromboembolism

Preventing Deep Venous Thromboembolism in hospitalized patients


Medical and surgical hospitalized patients are at high risk of developing deep venous thrombosis (DVT) especially with they are not ambulating during the cause of their hospitalization. Mechanical prophylaxis such as sequential compression device (SCDs) initiation as soon as possible for the patients at risk of developing DVT and educating both the nurses and the patient how important the use of SCDs can prevent DVT and PE is very important. This paper focused on the implications of not using intermittent compression devices such as sequential compression pump and other pharmacology anticoagulant in an immobilized hospitalized patients in compare to the patients who used sequential compression pump.
Preventing deep venous Thromboembolism in hospitalized patients
        Many immobilized patients admitted to general medical floor who are at risk of developing deep venous thromboembolism (DVT) refused both mechanical prophylactic and pharmacological prophylactic anticoagulant measures. Evidence shows that risk of developing DVT is high in immobile hospitalized patients, providing early adequate DVT prophylaxis may minimize risk DVT. The purpose of this study is to show the difference the use of sequential compression device (SCDs) can have in preventing deep vein thrombosis in immobilize hospitalized patients compared to patients who refused both mechanical prophylactic measures and pharmacological prophylactic measures.
        The patients’ compliance to the use of both mechanical prophylactic and pharmacological prophylactic is very low, and this put the patients in higher risk of developing DVT and eventually pulmonary embolism. The best intervention to get higher compliance with the use of anticoagulant on my floor is through education.   Educating both the patients and the nursing staffs is the best solution to the problem of high risk of DVT on my unit. The way I can prevent my...