The learner will have the knowledge and confidence to implement evidence-based practices and recommendations from the AORN Guideline for Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism, including developing a protocol for prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE); prevention of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) by mechanical and pharmacologic prophylaxis; and prevention of pulmonary embolism (PE) as a complication of DVT.
Upon completion of this module, the participant should be able to:
- Identify features of a health care organization-wide protocol for prevention of VTE.
- Identify VTE risk factors included in a preoperative patient assessment.
- Identify perioperative nursing considerations regarding mechanical and pharmacologic prophylaxis.
- Identify items to include in postoperative patient and care giver instructions regarding prevention of VTE and prescribed prophylactic measures.