A multidisciplinary quality improvement educational initiative to improve the rate of deep-vein thrombosis prophylaxis.
Int J Pharm Pract. 2014 Feb;22(1):92-5
Authors: Vyas D, Bearelly D, Boshard B
PURPOSE: To describe a quality improvement initiative to improve deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis rates among hospitalized medicine patients.
METHODS: A standardized admission order-set with an embedded risk-assessment tool and DVT prophylaxis orders was developed.
RESULTS: An audit 2 months after the intervention showed the use of optimal DVT prophylaxis was 91%, an increase from 75%. Chart review 1 year after the implementation of the order-set revealed that the increase in DVT prophylaxis was sustained at 95%.
CONCLUSION: The use of formalized quality improvement methods to implement an intervention is effective in changing physician behaviour.
PMID: 23855963 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]