Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)

Why Should You Act?

  • PE resulting from DVT is the most common cause of preventable hospital death.1
  • A U.S. multicenter registry study showed the majority of hospitalized patients with risk factors for DVT did not receive prophylaxis.2
  • The rate of fatal PE more than doubles between the ages 50 and 80 years.3


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1Bosker G, Poponick J, Emerman CL, Kleinschmidt K. The current challenge of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in the hospitalized patient. Part II: Treatment and prevention of DVT and PE - evolving risk-stratification and prophylaxis strategies for hospital-based medicine. Accessed October 28, 2003.

2Goldhaber SZ, Tapson VF, for the DVT-FREE Steering Committee. A prospective registry of 5451 patients with ultrasound confirmed deep vein thrombosis. Am J Cardiol. 2004 Jan 15;93(2):259-62

3Hansson P-O, Sorbo J, Eriksson H. Recurrent venous thromboembolism after deep vein thrombosis: incidence and risk factors. Arch Intern Med. 2000;160(6):769-774.


Venous Thromboembolism Resource Room Project Team 
This resource room is sponsored in part by a non-educational sponsorship from sanofi-aventis US, LLC

The Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Resource Room is an online resource for visitors to the Society of Hospital Medicine’s website. All content and links have been reviewed by the VTE Resource Room Project Team, however the Society of Hospital Medicine does not exercise any editorial control over content associated with the external links that have been made available via this website.

The contributions of Dr. Maynard and his UCSD collaborators in the development of the SHM VTE Prevention Resource Room and the VTE Prevention Implementation Guide were supported by grant number 1U18HS015826-01 from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The contents of this product are solely the responsibility of Dr. Maynard and the SHM VTE Resource Room team, and do not necessarily represent the official view of or imply endorsement by AHRQ or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.