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Special Outpatient Surgery Edition - Staff & Patient Safety - October 2017

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O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 O U T P A T I E N TS U R G E R Y. N E T 6 7 A lthough it's preventable, almost 300,000 Americans die annually from deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and its pri- mary complication, pulmonary embolism. Fortunately, if caught in time, DVT is com- pletely treatable. The classic signs of DVT, especially if it occurs in the lower extremities, are leg pain, swelling, tender- ness, and redness or discol- oration of the skin. The bad news is that, about half of the time, DVT has no symptoms at all. The first and most important step in protecting your patients from a potentially fatal DVT is to know whether they are at risk. I'm the creator of the widely used Caprini DVT Risk Assessment, which gener- ates a total clotting risk score ("Caprini Score") based on a patient's health history and comorbidities (osmag.net/6cywtg). Your surgical team has complete control over identifying the factors that can lead to DVT, and should use Caprini Scores to guide their prophylaxis efforts. Are Your Patients at Risk of DVT? The vascular surgeon who created the Caprini Score discusses how to protect your patients from life-threatening blood clots. Joseph A. Caprini, MD, MS, FACS, RVT | Evanston, Ill. SQUEEZE PLAY Applying sequential compres- sion devices during surgery effectively pre- vents the physiological risk factors of clotting. Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN, CNOR

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