What is included in patient education about venous thromboembolism (VTE)?

Updated: Nov 05, 2020
  • Author: Vera A De Palo, MD, MBA, FCCP; Chief Editor: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS  more...
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For the success and ease of outpatient treatment, patients on oral warfarin anticoagulation should be instructed on the impact of dietary choices on treatment goals and the need for frequent monitoring. Instruction on the avoidance of reversible risk factors would be helpful in preventing disease recurrence.

The best approach to patient education is one that starts with open communication with the patient and family, reviewing not only the procedure or planned surgical intervention, but also potential complications.

For patient education information, see the Lung Center, as well as Pulmonary EmbolismDeep Vein Thrombosis (Blood Clot in the Leg, DVT), and Blood Clots.


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