Utilization of venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in the medical intensive care unit.

Abstract

We conducted a prospective survey of the utilization of venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis in 152 Medical ICU (MICU) patients. Utilization of prophylaxis was recorded daily, and commonly accepted risk factors for VTE were noted. Only 32.9 percent of patients received prophylaxis, and there was a delay of 2.0 +/- 2.8 days prior to institution. Eighty… (More)

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