How UTSW Handles Blood Clot Prevention – 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

Why Is This Important?

Patients who have been diagnosed with a blood clot are usually treated with a blood thinner called heparin. However, one of the complications of heparin therapy is bleeding that can be severe. The risk of bleeding can be reduced by monitoring lab tests during the heparin therapy.

UT Southwestern monitors the percentage of patients who got appropriate monitoring during heparin therapy. 

Patients with Blood Clots Who Were Treated with an Intravenous Blood Thinner

What Does This Graph Show?

This graph shows the percentage of patients treated with heparin who were checked regularly for an increased risk of bleeding at UTSW compared to Texas and U.S. averages. For this measure, a higher percentage is better.