Outpatient Surgery Shines Spotlight on DVT Prevention

Lynn Razzano, RN, MSN, ONCC, clinical nurse consultant with Physician-Patient Alliance for Health and Safety, recently spoke with Outpatient Surgery about preventing deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism during the perioperative process for same-day surgery patients.

Says Ms. Razzano:

 “All patients who are scheduled for outpatient surgery should have a DVT risk factor assessment at the time of booking, and it should be documented.” DVT mechanical prophylaxis should be used for DVT prevention preoperatively in ambulatory surgery patients. This includes both GCS( graduated compression stockings) and SCD’s that are properly measured and fitted for the individual patient. This is the best proactive clinical action that best protects patient from developing a DVT.”

 The article outlines who is at risk and the logic of preventative efforts. Read the article online here or in the digital edition here (both require a sign-in, but which are free).

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