New CDC challenge aimed at fighting blood clots in health care settings

Angela Mattie

Angela Mattie, associate professor and chair of the health care management and organizational leadership department, is available to comment on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new challenge designed to find, honor and recognize hospitals, multi-hospital systems, hospital networks and managed care organizations that have implemented innovative and effective prevention strategies or interventions for preventing health care-associated blood clots.

Venous thromboembolism (VTE), blood clots occurring as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, or both, is an important and growing public health concern. They affect as many as 900,000 Americans each year, leading to approximately 100,000 premature deaths per year. About half of all blood clots happen after a recent hospital stay or surgery. In patients with cancer, blood clots are a leading cause of death after the cancer itself. 

Preventing healthcare-associated venous thromboembolism (HA-VTE) is a national hospital safety priority. Some estimates show that as many as 70 percent of HA-VTEs are preventable, yet fewer than half of hospital patients receive appropriate prevention including the information they need and items such as anticoagulants and compression devices in accordance with accepted evidence-based guidelines. Read the remainder of the CDC press release.         

"We know that instituting simple improvements in systems of care can significantly decrease mortality associated with these clots often happening after surgery or hospitalization," Mattie said. "This reminds us that system improvements can lead to significant improvements in patient safety."

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If you're interested in speaking to Mattie, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).  

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