What are the risk factors for venous thromboembolism (VTE) in hospitalized patients?

Updated: Nov 05, 2020
  • Author: Vera A De Palo, MD, MBA, FCCP; Chief Editor: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS  more...
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One study identified the following four risk factors as being highly predictive of VTE among hospitalized medical patients [13] :

  • Previous VTE
  • An order for bed rest
  • Peripherally inserted central venous catheterization line
  • Cancer diagnosis

This four-element risk assessment model was accurate at identifying patients at risk of developing VTE within 90 days and was more effective than the Kucher Score, a risk assessment score. [13]


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