DVT Links and News

Institutions such as the Mayo Clinic, the Centers for Disease Control, and the New England Journal of Medicine have dedicated significant attention to DVT, VTE, and PE. Follow these links to news and research from these organizations and more.

About DVT / VTE / PE

  • Details and images from the world-renowned Mayo Clinic on Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE): Click here.
  • Details from the Centers for Disease Control about DVT, including risk factors: Click here.
  • Slide show about DVT from the CDC: Click here.



The National Blood Clot Alliance works on behalf of those who may be susceptible to blood clots, including, but not limited to, people with clotting disorders, atrial fibrillation, cancer, traumatic injury, and risks related to surgery, lengthy immobility, child birth and birth control.

Click here to learn about prevention.

World Thrombosis Day:

An Award-Winning, Collaborative Global Movement

Recognized on 13 October, World Thrombosis Day (WTD) focuses attention on the often overlooked and misunderstood condition of thrombosis. With thousands of educational events in countries around the world, WTD and its partners place a global spotlight on thrombosis as an urgent and growing health problem.

Click here to learn more about hospital-associated VTE from World Thrombosis Day.

DVT and PE Awareness

Lack of awareness about DVT and Pulmonary Embolism continues to be a challenge : Dr. R Sekhar

A large number of patients and the treating doctors probably do not realize that the actual threat to DVT is the fact that these clots can actually go to the lungs and cause a sudden cardiac arrest.

Click here to learn more about the risks.

Data and Statistics from the CDC

Click here to read more about hospital-acquired VTE from the Centers for Disease Control.

Venous Thromboembolism in Acute Medically Ill Patients

Identifying Unmet Needs and Weighing the Value of Prophylaxis

An unmet medical need exists for improving the quality of VTE prophylaxis during hospitalization and after discharge in acute medically ill patients, decreasing thromboembolic disease burden and improving long-term patient outcomes.

Learn more here.

Patient Safety Indicator-12

Patient Safety Indicator-12 Rarely Identifies Problems with Quality of Care in Perioperative Venous Thromboembolism. PSI-12 has several limitations in identifying quality of care issues in perioperative VTE. 

Learn more from the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prophylaxis for Gynecology

The goal of this model is to reduce the incidence of preventable VTE by promoting appropriate risk screening and VTE prophylaxis Surgery.

Click here to learn more from Intermountain Healthcare.

VTE Risk Persists After IBD Discharge, Especially in Non-Surgical Patients

Post-discharge venous thromboembolism (VTE) is more than twice as likely to occur in non-surgical patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) than controls.

Click here to learn more.

Do current prevention efforts work?

Adjunctive Intermittent Pneumatic Compression for Venous Thromboprophylaxis

Among critically ill patients who were receiving pharmacologic thromboprophylaxis, adjunctive intermittent pneumatic compression did not result in a significantly lower incidence of proximal lower-limb deep-vein thrombosis than pharmacological thromboprophylaxis alone.

Learn more from the New England Journal of Medicine.

Things We Do for No Reason

Intermittent Pneumatic Compression for Medical Ward Patients?

J. Hosp. Med. 2019 January;14(1):47-50

No current evidence supports IPC efficacy in general medical ward patients despite its widespread use.

Learn more from the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Instances of DVT and PE in Spine Trauma Patients

Researchers investigated the incidence of pneumonia (PNA), urinary tract infection (UTI), deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients who experience traumatic spine injuries and remain in spinal precautions (SP) to minimize the risk of devastating cord injury while awaiting definitive management.

Learn more here.

Pneumatic Compression Adds Little to DVT Prevention in ICU

Intermittent pneumatic compression did not reduce the incidence of lower-limb deep vein thrombosis (DVT) for critically ill patients, a randomized clinical trial showed.

Read more.

Enhancing patient outcomes with sequential compression device therapy

Patients continue to have poor outcomes after suffering blood clots in the legs or arms, despite physician orders for therapy with sequential compression devices (SCDs).

Read more from American Nurse Today.

Time-to-event analyses of lower-limb venous thromboembolism in aged patients undergoing lumbar spine surgery: a retrospective study of 1620 patients.

As a guidance, it would be helpful to reduce postoperative VTE incidence in vulnerable, aged patients.

Read more from the National Center for Biotechnology Information.

The use of intermittent pneumatic compression to prevent venous thromboembolism in neurosurgical patients-A systematic review and meta-analysis.

The incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) remains high despite the use of low-molecular weight heparin (LMWH) and compression stocking (CS). 

Learn more from Physicians Weekly.

The use of intermittent pneumatic compression to prevent venous thromboembolism in neurosurgical patients—A systematic review and meta-analysis

The incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) remains high despite the use of low-molecular weight heparin (LMWH) and compression stocking (CS). We aimed to evaluate the use of IPC as VTE prophylaxis in neurosurgical patients.

Read more from Science Direct.

Venous Thromboprophylaxis in Spine Surgery

Postoperative regimens of venous thromboprophylaxis measures following spine surgery remain a controversial issue. Recommendations regarding mechanical versus chemical prophylaxis vary greatly among institutions.

Read more here.

Covid-19 Patients Suffer from DVT

Autopsies of COVID-19 patients reveal clotting concerns

In the prospective cohort study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers discovered that the direct cause of death in four patients was massive pulmonary embolism from deep vein blood clots in the legs that lodged in a lung artery, causing a blockage.

Read more here.

American Heart Association issues call to action to prevent venous thromboembolism in hospitalized patients

Given that much of the morbidity and mortality from VTE are preventable, increased VTE awareness and prioritization of proven, evidence-based primary prevention strategies accompanied by uniform tracking of hospital-acquired VTE should be a national health priority.

Read the PDF here.