How UTSW Handles Blood Clot Prevention – Patients With Blood Clots Who Were Discharged on a Blood Thinner Medicine and Received Written Instructions about That Medicine
Why Is This Important?
Some patients develop blood clots despite appropriate preventive measures. When this happens, a blood thinner is usually given to the patient for several weeks or months to prevent recurrence of the blood clot.
Since these preventive medications carry a risk of bleeding, patients should be educated regarding the risks and benefits of such treatment. UT Southwestern monitors how often our patients with blood clots are given a medication to prevent a recurrence in the future and how often education is provided for the patient.
Patients With Blood Clots Who Were Discharged on a Blood Thinner Medicine and Received Written Instructions
What Does This Graph Show?
This graph gives the percentage of patients who got the medication and education compared to Texas and U.S. averages. For this measure, a higher number is better.