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VTE Prophylaxis in Hospitalized Patients: Guidance Document

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Stephan Moll, MD writes (on 12/5/2014)… Venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis in hospitalized patients is important; it is also mandated by the Joint Commission [ref].  We have developed at the University of North Carolina (UNC) a guidance document (link here; UNC VTE prophylaxis guidance document) as a resource for our health care professionals to assist in making evidence-based decisions on which patients to give what type of VTE prophylaxis.

Recommendations provided in this document are a reflection of current guidelines, clinical evidence, and UNC institutional initiatives, but are not intended to replace clinical judgment or patient evaluation.  Readers are welcome to use this document for their institution or practice – using it as is or modifying it.

References

Joint Commission VTE measures (link here)

Disclosures: None

Last updated: Dec 5th, 2014

Difficulty in Diagnosing Recurrent DVT – Clinical Guidance

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Stephan Moll, MD writes….  Recurrent DVT can be challenging to diagnose, as it may be difficult on Doppler ultrasound to tell chronic changes from additional new clot.  A guidance statement from the ISTH (International Society for Thrombosis and Haemostasis) published this week (May 18th, 2013) provides solid, clinically useful, evidence-based recommendations Read the rest of this entry »

ACCP 2012 Guidelines: A Great, New, User-Friendly Summary

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Stephan Moll, MD writes…  The more than 20 chapters and 801 pages of the respected 2012 ACCP Antithrombotic Therapy Guidelines – beautifully evidence-based, but always very cumbersome to read for the clinician looking for quick management guidance -, have now been summarized by the ACCP into a visually appealing, uncluttered, clinician-user-friendly document, referred to as “ACCP 2012 Reference Guide” (link to it here).  This was a much-needed development.  The only thing missing now is that one can buy this (90 page summary) as a hard copy for even better, i.e. quicker reference.  This is a highly recommended document for anybody involved in clinical decision-making in regard to antithrombotics in patients at risk for or with established arterial or venous thromboembolism. A very nice, new resource. Read the rest of this entry »