VTE/Blood Clot Prevention

Because hospital patients often have to stay in bed for long periods of time, all patients admitted to the hospital are at increased risk of developing blood clots in their veins (also called venous thromboembolism, or VTE) that can break off and travel to other parts of the body, like the heart, brain, or lung. Hospitals can prevent blood clots by routinely evaluating patients for their risk of developing blood clots and using appropriate prevention and treatment procedures. Prevention can include compression stockings, blood thinners, and/or other medicines.

What You Need to Know

  • The graph shows how Sentara hospitals perform overall for some of the standards of blood clot prevention that hospitals should follow.
  • Higher percentages are better.
  • Compare to U.S. Average or Top 10 percent in U.S.
  • Small differences in numbers or percentages may not be significant due to differences in total patient volumes between hospitals.