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:
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