Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a significant medical issue that incurs thrombi formation in the venous system which can result in major medical problems. DVT’s often occur because of complications after orthopedic surgery. Common risks factors for DVT are vein injury, slow blood movement, increase estrogen, and chronic medical illness (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2018). As many as 900,000 individuals are impacted by DVT each year (CDC, 2020). Consequently, recent estimates show that 60,000 to 100,000 Americans die each year because of DVT. Even more alarming, 10 to 30% of individuals will die of DVT within a month of being diagnosed (CDC, 2020). There is numerous research available about the causes of DVT, its impact, and successful interventions when used properly. However, awareness of DVT is limited, and frontline workers have limited knowledge of its causes and risk factors.
DVTs can be prevented if hospital staff are trained and have the tools necessary to provide the necessary care to patients. Health care leadership must do their part to ensure this does not impact their organization. This plan will provide the training and support that could reduce DVTs from occurring. The costs for this project are minimal; however, costs associated with poor patient care or medical negligence can be enormous. These costs are not just financial, the costs for families who lose their loved ones can be significant and could have long-lasting effects on their quality of life. Hospitals that are not prepared for this preventable issue can sacrifice patient confidence and trust and lose credibility with stakeholders and communities.
Date of publication
MSN Capstone Project
Roberson, Ariel D., "Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis in Surgical Patients" (2023). MSN Capstone Projects. Paper 270.