7 Steps for Reducing the Risk of Venous Thromboembolism at ASCs

According to a patient safety toolkit, released by AAAHC's Institute for Quality Improvement, some procedures commonly performed in the ambulatory surgery center setting have relatively high risks for venous thromboembolism.

Here are seven steps ACSs can take to prevent or lower the risk of venous thromboembolism:

1. Flexing the patient's knees to approximately five degrees by placing a pillow underneath them.
2. Using elastic stockings or intermittent pneumatic compression devices.
3. Discontinuing supplemental hormones one week prior to the procedure.
4. Giving anticoagulants such as low-molecular-weight heparins two hours before the procedure.
5. Using intravenous sedation including propofol rather then general anesthesia.
6. Staging multiple procedures.
7. Early ambulation.

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