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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 7 • O U T PA T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T • 9 1 I t's not easy to tell which patients are at risk for developing life-threatening deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolus (PE), known collectively as venous thromboem- bolism (VTE). Besides the fact that clotting risk factors aren't obvious, every patient has different risks for develop- ing VTE, regardless of the type of surgery they're undergoing. My go-to standard to gauge VTE risk is the Caprini Score Risk Assessment Model. The tool, which assesses the risk stratification of individual patients, takes into account not only the type and Deep Dive Into VTE Prevention Match prophylaxis to patient-specific risks to guard against clot formation. Christopher J. Pannucci, MD, MS, FAWM Salt Lake City, Utah • SAME-DAY SAFETY The importance of considering patient-specific prophy- laxis measures is heightened as more complex procedures move to the outpa- tient setting. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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