Blood Clot Prevention Best Practices

Blood clots (phlebitis, deep venous thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism) are serious medical conditions and are frequently seen in patients who have had recent surgery or injury or have medical conditions that interfere with ambulation. These clots usually form in the veins of the legs or pelvis. Serious complications can occur if these clots break loose from the wall of the vein. They can travel to the heart and block blood flow in the lung or other organs, such as the brain.

If you have surgery or are confined to a bed for a prolonged period due to a medical illness, your doctor should follow accepted guidelines for the prevention of blood clots. UT Southwestern closely monitors "best practices" that help prevent blood clots in hospitalized patients to ensure we are meeting recommended guidelines.

Compare UT Southwestern’s scores with state and national averages for the following core measures:

Best Practices/Core MeasuresUT Southwestern University Hospitals

Patients who got treatment to prevent blood clots on the day of, or day after, hospital admission or surgery

Patients who got treatment to prevent blood clots on the day of, or day after, being admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU)

Patients who developed a blood clot while in the hospital who did not get treatment that could have prevented it

Patients with blood clots who got the recommended treatment, which includes using two different blood thinner medicines at the same time

Patients with blood clots who were treated with an intravenous blood thinner, and then were checked to determine if the blood thinner was putting the patient at an increased risk of bleeding

Patients with blood clots who were discharged on a blood thinner medicine and received written instructions about that medicine