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Mandatory Use of CPOE Prevents Blood Clots

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media, October 16, 2012

About 600,000 such events occur each year in the United States, and the Johns Hopkins researchers estimate that one in six die from it.  An estimated 100,000 to 200,000 of them are said to be healthcare-associated. Yet experts say that no more than half of patients who should receive some form of prevention strategy, whether medication or mechanical compressions on their legs, do.

That's because clinicians forget, don't appropriately see their patients as high risk, or because they worry that certain medications may cause some of their patients to bleed.

Haut says that prior to the creation of the hospital-wide computerized physician order entry system, prophylaxis rates hovered around 40% to 60%, but afterwards, rates of preventive care increased to 85% for 1,599 trauma patients included in the study.

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3 comments on "Mandatory Use of CPOE Prevents Blood Clots"


Todd (10/17/2012 at 5:40 PM)
Funny. Many JCI accredited hospitals like Severence and Bumrungrad have fully integrated CPOE systems yet US hospitals generally don't putting patients at greater risk.

Toni Alcott (10/17/2012 at 12:03 PM)
I would like to see physician's better educated on treatment of blood clots to prevent them from becoming fatal. I had a terrible experience With 3 blood clots, DVT and a PE because of a physician being stubborn and not taking action soon enough when two other physician's had consulted with him on this and he still would not listen.

jain (10/16/2012 at 1:18 PM)
i would like to think that my doctor is good enough he wouldn't overlook just an important aspect of my care.