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New Compendium of Resources for Venous Thromboembolism Patient Education and Discharge Materials

June 15, 2017
By: Katie Looze Bronk, Corporate Communications

(OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. – June 15, 2017) Patients discharged with venous thromboembolism (VTE) need to receive comprehensive discharge instructions to manage their condition and its treatment in a way that is both safe and effective. To provide guidance to clinicians and other health educators looking for reliable and up-to-date patient education materials, The Joint Commission’s Department of Health Services Research has developed a new Compendium of Resources. The Compendium, reviewed by an eight-member Technical Advisory Panel of clinicians, contains links to more than 70 publicly available online resources from 35 national and international organizations.

VTE is the third leading vascular diagnosis after heart attack and stroke. It affects approximately 300,000 to 600,000 Americans each year, according to the American Heart Association. Discharge instructions for VTE have typically included medication management recommendations related to the use of warfarin. In recent years, however, a growing number of alternatives to warfarin, such as direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) and other anticoagulants are being more widely used. It is important that patients discharged on any anticoagulants receive clear, comprehensive and up-to-date education and discharge instructions.

“It is our hope that the compendium will help clinicians, health educators and other health care professionals provide reliable and up-to-date patient education and discharge materials for VTE and anticoagulation therapy,” said David W. Baker, MD, MPH, FACP, executive vice president, Division of Health Care Quality Evaluation, The Joint Commission. “We encourage health care organizations to review the materials in the Compendium as they adapt or develop their own related materials in an effort to improve the information VTE patients on anticoagulants receive.”

The Compendium of Resources was developed with funding from Bristol Myers-Squibb / Pfizer, Inc. It is available to the public for free on The Joint Commission’s Department of Health Services Research website.

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