Why Is This Treatment Important?
Many patients may have little to no mobility following surgery, therefore the risk of blood clots forming in the veins (Venous thrombos), is heightened. This clot can limit blood flow, causing swelling, redness and pain. Most commonly, clots occur in the legs, thighs, or pelvis.
If a part or all of the clot breaks off from where it was formed, it can travel through the veins. The part that breaks off is called an embolus. If the embolus lodges in the lung, it is called a pulmonary embolism, a serious condition that can cause death.
A number of factors can increase a patient’s risk of developing blood clots, but doctors can order preventive treatments called prophylaxis to reduce the risk. Prophylaxis may include blood thinning medications, elastic support stockings, or mechanical air stockings that promote circulation in the legs.
What the Scores Mean
High scores are good because it indicates that more patients received the recommended treatment. Low scores may not indicate poor care, the overall quality of a facility in addition to individual category scores should be considered.
Percent of surgery patients whose doctors ordered treatments to prevent blood clots
after certain types of surgeries
March 2008 through April 2009
|Hospital Process of Care Measure
||United States Average
||Rhode Island Average
Percentage for Kent County Memorial Hospital
|Percent of surgery patients whose doctors ordered treatments to prevent blood clots after certain types of surgeries
||68% of 645 patients2
The data on this site is reported to the Department of Health and Human Services and is updated on a quarterly basis. The explanation of the data is courtesy of the Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, please visit the Hospital Compare website.