Patient advocate Vonda Vaden Bates interviews Brandyn Lau, Assistant Professor of Radiology and Health Sciences Informatics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, around the importance of venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis for hospitalised patients.
The team addresses the following questions:
- What are typical organizational protocols for requiring formal risk assessments?
- What factors should be considered that may change the patient's risk profile and how can clinicians parallel this change with appropriate reassessment and prophylaxis adjustment?
- What is the current discrepancy between attitudes versus evidence regarding prophylactic efforts? (Particular emphasis on ambulation)
- What information can be shared between patients and clinicians, and between healthcare settings to improve VTE prevention?
- What are the barriers to objective reporting and reporting the all too common VTE events post-discharge?