Patients who developed a blood clot while in the hospital who did not get treatment that could have prevented it

Description of Measure

Because hospital patients often have to stay in bed for long periods of time, all patients admitted to the hospital are at increased risk of developing blood clots in their veins (also called venous thromboembolism or VTE) that can break off and travel to other parts of the body, like the heart, brain, or lung.

Why is this Important?

Hospitals can prevent blood clots by routinely evaluating 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 patients who developed blood clots while in the hospital who did not receive preventative treatment beforehand.

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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