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The problem with HA-VTE

Up to 60% of VTE cases occur during or after hospitalization, making it a leading preventable cause of hospital death.1

70% of HA-VTE cases can be prevented.2-4

A 2007 Canada-wide survey found that only 23% of all eligible patients received any form of prophylaxis, and only 16% appropriate prophylaxis. 5

The SMART COMPRESSIONTM Education Content Hub is a digital library of materials designed
to help the healthcare community get smart about preventing HA-VTE.

Together we can keep patients safe. Together, we can reduce HA-VTE.
Join us in the fight against HA-VTE.

1. Jha AK, Larizgoitia I, Audera-Lopez C, Prasopa-Plaisier N, Waters H, Bates DW. The global burden of unsafe medical care: analytic modeling of observational studies. BMJ Qual Saf 2013; 22;809-15. Retrieved from:,
2. Maynard GA, Society of Hospital Medicine, Stein JM, U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Preventing hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism: a guide for effective quality improvement. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2008.
3. Zeidan AM, Streiff MB, Lau BD, et al. Impact of a venous thromboembolism prophylaxis “smart order set”: improved compliance, fewer events. Am J Hematol. 2013;88:545-549.
4. Mitchell JD, Collen JF, Petteys S, Holley AB. A simple reminder system improves venous thromboembolism prophylaxis rates and reduces thrombotic events for hospitalized patients. J Thromb Haemost. 2012;10:236-243.
5. Kahn, Susan R. et al. Multicenter evaluation of the use of venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in acutely ill medical patients in Canada: Thrombosis Research, 2007, Volume 119,
Issue 2, 145 – 155.
6. “Data and Statistics on HA-VTE | CDC.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,