Key Articles and Guidelines for the Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism

Paul P. Dobesh, Ann K. Wittkowsky, Zachary Stacy, William E. Dager, Stuart T. Haines, Larry M. Lopez, Edith Nutescu, Katherine W. Phillips, Toby C. Trujillo, Tom Vondracek

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Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is an important medical problem that affects millions of patients each year. With appropriate prophylaxis, many of these thromboembolic events can be prevented. Although strong evidence supporting VTE prophylaxis spans several decades, several large American and global registries have documented very poor use of appropriate prophylaxis. Because of increasing regulatory requirements, hospitals nationwide are in the process of developing documentation of appropriate VTE prophylaxis programs for both surgical and medical patients. A wide range of clinicians must understand what constitutes appropriate VTE prophylaxis in various patient populations. With the existence of numerous pharmacologic agents, abundance of data from major clinical trials, and several nationally recognized clinical guidelines, compiling the needed reference material to make evidence-based decisions on appropriate VTE prophylaxis can be difficult for clinicians. Therefore, we provide a bibliography of key articles and guidelines related to the prevention of VTE in various patient groups. We hope this compilation will serve as a resource for pharmacists, physicians, nurses, residents, and students responsible for the care of patients who may be at risk for VTE.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)410-458
Number of pages49
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2009


  • Anticoagulation
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Pharmacy practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)


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