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NCD Pacing Event: Venous Thromboembolism

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Thursday, September 26, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PT.

Summary from 9/26 Pacing Event: “Hospital-level Efforts to Reduce VTE”

This Pacing Event addressed VTE with examples of successful journeys from two hospitals that identified a need to improve their VTE outcomes. This session began with a discussion of cross-hospital findings from the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare’s work to identify root causes of VTE. Building on this information, two hospitals discussed their improvement journeys over several years to identify interventions to successfully reduce VTE rates and improve other outcomes. Each hospital discussed key interventions for driving change, lessons learned, and results. Common themes discussed included leadership and staff buy-in, improving risk assessment processes, improving order sets, using data to drive improvement, the role of the EMR, and several others.

The guest presenters for this event were:

Kelly Barnes, MS, VTE Project Lead at the Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare, and Stephen Hadzima, MD, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, who discussed the Center’s project to identify common root causes of VTE and solutions for addressing them, and then specifically focused on the experience of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in the project, what they learned, how they improved, and their results. Dr. Hadzima also shared how the work continues to evolve and their next steps in this journey.

Scott C. Woller, MD, FACP, FCCP, Chair, Department of Medicine, Co-Director of the Thrombosis Program at Intermountain Medical Center, and Professor of Medicine at University of Utah School of Medicine, who discussed the work at Intermountain to improve VTE through automated strategies, such as using the EMR to identify patients at risk and assess whether appropriate prophylaxis is administered, and creating a default for prophylaxis in the order set for at-risk patients. Dr. Woller also shared how patients are engaged and educated to support VTE prevention efforts.

The session was moderated by Kendall Hall, MD (NCD).

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