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

Description of Measure

Patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) are at increased risk for developing blood clots in their veins (venous thromboembolism, or VTE), because they are in bed for a long period of time. These clots can break off and travel to other parts of the body, causing serious harm.

Why is this Important?

Hospitals can prevent blood clots by routinely evaluating all patients for their risk of developing blood clots and using appropriate prevention and treatment procedures. Prevention can include compression stockings, blood thinners, and/or other medicines.

This measure shows the percentage of ICU patients who received treatment to prevent blood clots:

  • On the day of or day after arrival at the hospital, or
  • On the day of or day after transfer to the ICU, or
  • On the day of or day after having surgery.

Patients who did not receive treatment may also be included in this measure, if they had paperwork in their chart to explain why. Reasons for not receiving treatment may include having a massive wound, actively bleeding, or having an allergy to blood thinners.

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All descriptions and data sources are reported from Hospital Compare.


Data reported are based on discharges from First Quarter 2013 through Third Quarter 2013