For patient safety efforts to take root and flourish, a web of connected methods is needed. The VTE Safety Toolkit aims to assist in delivering such a connected approach and increase the implementation of safe practice interventions for people diagnosed with or at risk for VTE.
Created in partnership by the University of Washington Medical Center, UW School of Nursing, and the Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education and Research, the Toolkit contains evidence-based tools for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of VTE. It offers prophylaxis strategies, treatment methods, and quality improvement tools, as well as an integrated clinical database, and computerized logbooks.
This type of holistic approach has shown promise in turning the tide of HA-VTE morbidity and mortality. In 2015, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognized eight hospitals and healthcare systems as Hospital-Associated Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Champions. All eight facilities used a multi-pronged approach to combat HA-VTE, including:
- Engaging teams of clinicians and staff to support efforts
- Increasing education and awareness of HA-VTE
- Making use of technology
- Integrating feedback on the efficacy of efforts
At a time when patient safety is at the forefront, clinicians can use these lessons to evaluate their institutions' responses and protocols and take steps to mitigate the risk of HA-VTE.