Around 600,000 new or recurrent cases of venous thromboembolism, a term that includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), occur in the United States annually. As many as 25% of patients with a pulmonary embolus die of a sudden death with no previous symptoms. Thirty-day survival rates for DVT are as high as 94.5% although if pulmonary embolus is present, with or without a DVT, the survival rate decreases to 55.6%. Venous thromboembolism contributes to between 100,000 and 180,000 deaths annually. It’s probable that more cases occur but remain undiagnosed. In a variety of settings, healthcare professionals are likely to encounter patients with or at risk for venous thromboembolism. They should understand and educate patients about the risk factors for this potentially fatal, but largely preventable, disorder.
The goal of this program is to provide healthcare providers with information about the risk factors for deep venous thromboembolism (DVP); its diagnosis, prevention and treatment; and the potential for life-threatening complications. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- List the triad of risk factors for venous thromboembolism
- Identify four preventive measures for DVT
- Describe two therapeutic interventions each for DVT and pulmonary embolism
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses and radiologic technology.
Radiologic technology: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
This activity is approved for Category A continuing education credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 2/15/2011 to 3/1/2016.
This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.
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