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Venous Thromboembolism: Symptoms and Prevention

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Whether your patient has had surgery, suffered trauma, or has even just come off of a long trip in the car, they may be at risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

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It starts off as something simple. Your patient is complaining of leg pain. One leg is swollen to twice the size of the other and is bright red. Whether your patient has had surgery, suffered trauma, or has even just come off of a long trip in the car, they may be at risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE), also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). It is important to constantly monitor the patient for signs and symptoms of VTE and be adequately informed about prevention measures. The prophylaxis for VTE has come a long way in recent years. Hospitals now have dedicated assessments in place to help prevent this sometimes silent condition from taking lives.

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Lynda Lampert
Lynda is a registered nurse with three years experience on a busy surgical floor in a city hospital. She graduated with an Associates degree in Nursing from Mercyhurst College Northeast in 2007 and lives in Erie, Pennsylvania in the United States. In her work, she took care of patients post operatively from open heart surgery, immediately post-operatively from gastric bypass, gastric banding surgery and post abdominal surgery. She also dealt with patient populations that experienced active chest pain, congestive heart failure, end stage renal disease, uncontrolled diabetes and a variety of other chronic, mental and surgical conditions.
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Janise Shergold
27 Apr 2021
Great source of information
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29 Apr 2021
Short and relevant, also looked up Homans sign which was new knowledge for me, very useful.
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29 Apr 2021
short and very useful resource
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04 May 2021
Concise read.
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30 Apr 2021
Quick review of VTE (DVT)
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27 Apr 2021
An easy to read resource and covered the topic well
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