Did you know that getting a blood clot from a hospitalization, surgery, or other healthcare treatment or procedure (called healthcare-associated venous thromboembolism or HA-VTE for short) is a significant, costly and growing public health problem? It is! But it is also preventable! Become familiar with the terminology used to discuss blood clots. Learn the facts about HA-VTE and what you can do to prevent it from happening to you or someone you care about.
Prevention Plan Checklist [PDF – 467 KB]
Did you know that a hospitalization, surgery, or other healthcare treatment increases your risk for a blood clot? Learn what steps you can take to protect yourself.
Hospitalization Risks [PDF – 682 KB]
Learn more about hospitalization and the increased risk for blood clots.
Checklist for Risk Factors [PDF – 447 KB]
Learn more about common risks for blood clots.
On January 15, 2013 CDC held a Public Health Grand Rounds on HA-VTE and the information presented was summarized in a recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
This Flickr® album showcases the personal stories of people living with blood clots.
Learn more about HA-VTE by accessing content from a webinar presented by Greg Maynard,M.D., M.Sc,SFHM, as part of the Division of Blood Disorders’ Webinar Series on Blood Disorders.
On September 21, 2012, the Division of Blood Disorders, National Center on Birth Defects and Disabilities, CDC, convened a stakeholder meeting to assess the need and discuss the development of a public health surveillance plan for hospital associated venous thromboembolism (HA-VTE).
The objectives of this stakeholder meeting were:
- To determine stakeholder interest in and public health need for surveillance of HA-VTE and related prevention activities
- To identify characteristics of an ideal surveillance system
- To determine barriers that might prevent the use of a surveillance system
On August 19, 2011, the Division of Blood Disorders, National Center on Birth Defects and Disabilities, CDC, convened an expert panel of global experts to discuss future research and policy directions for hospital-associated venous thromboembolism (HA-VTE). This topic is one of several key priority areas identified in the “Partnership for Patients” initiative. This initiative is aimed at protecting patients in America’s health care facilities through the prevention of health care-acquired conditions such as venous thromboembolism (VTE).
At this expert panel, invited guests presented and discussed the following topics:
- Public health importance of VTE prevention
- VTE prophylaxis among hospitalized patients
- Design and implementation of effective VTE prevention protocols
- Hospital systems-level interventions for VTE prevention
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) calls thromboprophylaxis against VTE the “number one patient safety practice.”1 Proven quality improvement frameworks are needed in hospitals in order to realize improvements in the prevention of HA-VTE. This guide offers a framework to help quality improvement leaders (e.g., hospitalists and others involved in hospital quality improvement programs) achieve key milestones of successful quality improvement initiatives. View the AHRQ guide.2
- Shojania KJ, Duncan BW, McDonald KM, Wachter RM, Markowitz AJ. Making health care safer: A critical analysis of patient safety practices. Evid Rep Technol Assess (Summ). 2001;(43):i-x, 1-668.
- Maynard G, Stein J. Preventing Hospital-Acquired Venous Thromboembolism: A Guide for Effective Quality Improvement. Prepared by the Society of Hospital Medicine. AHRQ Publication No. 08-0075. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. August 2008.
On September 15, 2008, Acting Surgeon General Steven K. Galson released the Surgeon General’s Call to Action To Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism .