Quality Measures: DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis)
Why this measure is important:
DVT is a serious yet common complication of surgery of any sort. DVT can lead to long term disabling symptoms in the leg from chronic venous insufficiency.
How we measure:
All DVT’s are recorded as adverse incidents and identified separately. We record the numbers of these identified each year either by us or reported back to us by the patients. This number is then adjusted as a figure per 1,000 patients treated in order to accurately compare one year to another.
What we are doing to improve:
It will never be possible to reduce DVT to zero, but we undertake risk assessments for this on each and every patient and give prophylactic blood thinners to any at risk. We have protocols designed to minimise this risk and we audit regularly to ensure these protocols are being abided by.