Fatal pulmonary embolism is the number one preventable cause of death postoperatively. Anticoagulant prophylaxis for those “at risk” can prevent most deaths. It’s important to provide prophylaxis for the entire period of patient risk.
Month: January 2020
Fatal pulmonary emboli are the number one preventable complication postoperatively.
Most fatal pulmonary emboli but not all non-fatal VTE events can be prevented with appropriate anticoagulant prophylaxis.
The Caprini score is recommended as one approach to achieve this goal.
Overall combining the inherent risk of thrombosis associated with the surgical procedure with the individual patient’s risk factors is critical to achieve this goal. In the final analysis there is no substitute for a thorough history and physical.