Preventing Blood Clots

Preventing Blood Clots Indicators
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Camden
average (01/16-06/16)
Brunswick average
(01/16-06/16
)
Georgia average*
(01/15-12/15)
US
average* (01/15-12/15)
Number of records reviewed for these indicators during time period 143 cases 509 cases    
Patients with blood clots who were discharged on blood thinner medication and received written instructions about medicine
(higher number is better)
100% (2 cases) 90% (10 cases) 94% 92%

* Georgia and US average percentages are delayed 6-7 months

What does this indicator mean?

Patients with blood clots who were discharged on blood thinner medication and received written instructions about medicine– The percentage (%) of patients with a blood clot who received written instructions about the blood thinner medicine. Educating patients about how to take the medicine and its possible side effects can help prevent problems that could bring them back to the hospital. Before leaving the hospital, patients with a blood clot, who are taking a blood thinner medicine, and their caregiver should receive information about the following topics: Compliance (how to follow medication instructions), Diet (how to eat a healthy diet and avoid foods that interfere with blood thinners), Monitoring their blood thinner medicine, Adverse drug reactions (difficulty breathing, vomiting, nausea), and When to call your health care provider (dizziness or weakness, a fall, bright red bleeding).