Patients with blood clots who were discharged on a blood thinner medicine and received written instructions about that medicine

Description of Measure

Patients who develop blood clots (also called venous thromboembolism or VTE) will usually be given blood thinner medicines to take when they leave the hospital.

Why is this Important?

Educating patients about how to take the medicine and its possible side effects can help prevent problems that could bring them back to the hospital. Before leaving the hospital, patients with a blood clot, who are taking a blood thinner medicine, and their caregiver should receive information about the following topics:

  • Compliance (how to follow medication instructions)
  • Diet (how to eat a healthy diet and avoid foods that interfere with blood thinners)
  • Monitoring their blood thinner medicine
  • Adverse drug reactions (difficulty breathing, vomiting, nausea)
  • When to call your health care provider (dizziness or weakness, a fall, bright red bleeding)

This measure shows the percentage of patients diagnosed with a blood clot (either at admission or during their hospital stay) discharged from the hospital on blood thinners (anticoagulants or anticoagulant therapy or warfarin therapy) who received written educational instructions at hospital discharge.

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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