Rates of symptomatic venous thromboembolism in US surgical patients: a retrospective administrative database study

  • Alex C. Spyropoulos
  • Mohammed Hussein
  • Jay Lin
  • David Battleman
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11239-009-0351-1

Cite this article as:
Spyropoulos, A.C., Hussein, M., Lin, J. et al. J Thromb Thrombolysis (2009) 28: 458. doi:10.1007/s11239-009-0351-1

Abstract

US national performance measures may reduce the burden of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in surgical patients. To characterize the VTE rate in US surgical patients, and identify real-world independent VTE risk-factors, a national managed-care database was analyzed. 172,320 eligible surgical discharges (23.9% orthopedic, 76.1% abdominal surgery) from the PharMetrics database (January 2001–December 2005) were evaluated. The rate of thromboprophylaxis was low in orthopedic (40.5%) and abdominal (1.8%) surgery discharges, with the event rates of symptomatic VTE in these groups being 4.7% and 3.1%, respectively. The median time to VTE was 51 days: the majority of VTE events occurred post-discharge. Independent predictors of VTE included prior VTE (odds ratio [OR] 10.2; 95% CI: 9.2–11.4), and orthopedic versus abdominal surgery (OR 1.4; 95% CI: 1.4–1.6). Patients undergoing orthopedic or abdominal surgery remain at-risk for VTE. Implementation of national performance measures may help reduce the burden of VTE.

Keywords

Venous thromboembolism Surgery National performance measures 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alex C. Spyropoulos
    • 1
  • Mohammed Hussein
    • 2
  • Jay Lin
    • 3
  • David Battleman
    • 2
  1. 1.University of New Mexico Health Sciences CenterAlbuquerqueUSA
  2. 2.IMS HealthFalls ChurchUSA
  3. 3.Sanofi-Aventis USBridgewaterUSA

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