Healthcare-associated (HA) venous thromboembolism (VTE) is the formation of a potentially deadly blood clot that can occur in patients as a result of hospitalization, surgery, procedures, etc. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2022a). HA-VTE is the number one most preventable cause of death in hospitals. The organization at which this author is associated experienced 48 VTE events during the first six months of 2020 (Mainer, 2020). Over 50% of these events demonstrate a lack of appropriate physical or mechanical VTE prophylaxis application per provider order, including sequential compression devices (SCD). The use of intermittent pneumatic compression devices (IPCD) (i.e., SCDs) have been proven to reduce the risk of HA-VTE (Fan et al., 2020). However, these devices are underutilized in practice (Kakkos et al., 2016). This evidence-based practice (EBP) research project seeks to determine if nurse-specialist-delivered education about IPC effectiveness to nurses and patients who have SCD orders can improve SCD compliance rates. Two cycles of the Plan-Do-Study-Act model of EBP project implementation are utilized to implement two VTE education tools developed per evidence obtained via review of the literature. These education methods include a VTE nurse education PowerPoint presentation and VTE patient education tool. Post-intervention audits demonstrate a small increase in SCD application compliance compared to baseline.

Date of publication

Spring 4-18-2023

Document Type

MSN Capstone Project



Persistent identifier



Masters in Nurse Education

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Nursing Commons