VTE is the formation of blood clots in the vein. When a clot forms in a deep vein, usually in the leg, it is called a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). If that clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs, it is called a pulmonary embolism (PE), which can block some or all of the blood to the lungs.
"VTE is a leading cause of death and disability worldwide. PPAHS has had a long interest in preventing venous thromboembolism, and has brought together panels of health experts to develop the OB VTE Safety Recommendations and the Stroke VTE Safety Recommendations (both of which are free resources on the PPAHS website)," said Michael Wong, JD, Founder and Executive Director of PPAHS.
Hip and knee replacement surgeries are among the most commonly performed procedures in the US. About 1 million of these procedures are performed each year.
For more on prevalence, see the study by Hilal Maradit-Kremers, MD, MSc et al, "Prevalence of Total Hip (THA) and Total Knee (TKA) Arthroplasty in the United States".
The 30-day readmission rate following hip and knee replacement is 4.3% and 3.9% respectively. The readmission rate rises to 7.8% 90-days after surgery.
According to the US Department of Health & Human Services (HSS), venous thromboembolism (VTE) (6.3%) is the third most prevalent factor accounting for readmission 30-days after surgery.
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