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Blood Clot Prevention and Treatment

Patients are often in bed for long periods of time during a hospital admission. This puts every patient at risk for developing a blood clot in the veins, known as a deep venous thrombosis or “DVT.” These blood clots can break off and travel to other areas of the body and cause serious harm, including possible death. Many conditions that require a hospital admission also increase the risk of a blood clot. The good news is there are proven methods to prevent blood clots and treat them when they do occur.

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Data reflects current CMS Hospital Compare website, which shows data collected 4/1/2014 – 3/31/2015.



Blood Clot Prevention & Treatment

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Blood Clot Prevention

We can prevent blood clots by first evaluating a patient’s risk level for developing this complication. Once this is determined, hospital staff can apply the appropriate prevention and treatment, including compression stockings, blood thinners that delay the body’s ability to clot such as Heparin, enoxaparin (Lovenox), or possibly other medicines. This measure shows the percentage of patients who received preventative measures to prevent blood clots. A higher percentage is better.
98.6% 94% 93%

Hospital Acquired Potentially-Preventable Blood Clots

Lancaster General Hospital can prevent blood clots by first evaluating a patient’s risk level for developing this complication. Once a risk level is determined, hospital staff can apply the appropriate prevention and treatment required. Prevention and treatments that may be used include compression stockings, blood thinners that delay the body’s ability to clot such as Heparin, enoxaparin (Lovenox), or possibly other medicines. This measure shows the percentage of patients who developed a blood clot while in the hospital and did not receive preventive treatment prior to discharge. A higher percentage is better.
100% 98% 97%

ICU Blood Clot Prevention

Patients admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are at greater risk for developing a blood clot because they are in bed for longer periods of time. Many conditions that require admission to an ICU also increase the risk of a blood clot. We can help prevent blood clots by evaluating a patient’s risk level for developing a blood clot. Once a risk level is determined, the hospital staff can apply the appropriate prevention and treatments, including compression stockings, blood thinners that delay the body’s ability to clot such as Heparin, enoxaparin (Lovenox), or possibly other medicines. This measure shows the percentage of ICU patients that received treatment to prevent blood clots. A higher percentage is better.
99.7% 97% 96%

Identified Blood Clot Patients with Anticoagulation Five Day Overlap

If a patient is found to have a blood clot, the recommended treatment is to give an immediate acting blood thinner that can get into the bloodstream through an IV (such as heparin) or gentle injection under the skin (such as enoxaparin also known as Lovenox). This is often started at the same time as a pill known as warfarin (Coumadin) that requires 5 days to be fully effective. The liquid blood thinner should be continued during this 5-day period to act as a protective bridge until the pill blood thinner is fully effective by itself. This measure shows the percentage of hospital patients who had a confirmed diagnosis of a blood clot and received both medications for at least 5 days, unless otherwise indicated, or were discharged on both medications. A higher percentage is better.
99.3% 95% 95%

Warfarin (Coumadin) Therapy Discharge Instructions

This measure shows the percentage of patients that had a blood clot, whether it was diagnosed on admission or during the hospital stay, who were discharged from the hospital on a blood thinner and received the appropriate written educational instructions. A higher percentage is better.
100% 92% 92%
 
 





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