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Venous Thromboembolism

Our Challenge

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a disorder that includes deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, and is one of the most common preventable complications from hospitalization. Patients who develop deep vein thrombosis can experience pain, swelling, and extreme discomfort. Pulmonary embolism can lead to shortness of breath, chest pain, and death. The majority of hospitalized patients are at risk for developing VTE.

VTE is preventable. Establishing methods to provide appropriate thromboprophylaxis to patients based on standardized risk assessments is a safe, cost-effective and efficacious way to prevent VTE in nearly all patient groups.

Providing appropriate thromboprophylaxis for all patients may prevent the pain and discomfort of a thrombus, prevent complications that can extend hospital stays, and even save a life. Our aim is to provide every hospitalized patient in BC with appropriate thromboprophylaxis to help eliminate the incidence of preventable VTE.

Join with us in achieving this goal within your own region, hospital, or unit.

Click HERE for the VTE Clinical Expert Group

Click HERE for the VTE backgrounder

At a Glance

Key contacts:

Vandad Yousefi,
Clinical Lead
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council
vyousefi@bcpsqc.ca

Colleen Kennedy,
Quality Leader
BC Patient Safety & Quality Council
ckennedy@bcpsqc.ca
778-471-1366

Joanna Richards
Director, Clinical Consultation and Guidelines
Health Services Policy and Quality Assurance Division
Ministry of Health
Joanna.Richards@gov.bc.ca
250.952.1530