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The Johns Hopkins Venous Thromboembolism Collaborative

Formed in 2005, the Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Collaborative provides evidence-based standards for venous thromboembolism risk assessment, ordering and administration of patient-specific prophylaxis, while also advancing the science of blood clot measurement. Members include a hematologist, trauma surgeon, pharmacist, clinical informatician, intensive care nurse, nurse educator, medical writer/editor, human factors engineer and researchers.

VTE Collaborative Members

  • Elliott Haut, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S., Vice-Chair Quality, Safety and Service, Associate Professor of Surgery and Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine and Emergency Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Core Faculty, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality, Twitter: @ElliottHaut
  • Deborah B. Hobson, B.S.N., M.S.N., Safety and Quality Improvement Specialty in Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Chris G. Holzmueller, B.L.A., Medical Writer/Editor, Division of Acute Care Surgery, Department of Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Peggy Kraus, Pharm.D., Anticoagulation Clinical Specialist, Department of Pharmacy, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Brandyn D. Lau, M.P.H., C.P.H., Assistant Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science, Clinical Informatician at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Associate Faculty, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality Twitter: @LauzeeTweet
  • Oluwafemi P. Owodunni, M.D., M.P.H., Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Division of Acute Care Surgery, Department of Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Twitter: @Femiowodunni
  • Dauryne L. Shaffer, M.S.N., R.N., C.C.R.N., Nurse Educator, Department of Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Michael B. Streiff, M.D., F.A.C.P., Associate Professor of Medicine and Pathology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Associate Faculty, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
  • Mujan Varasteh Kia, MPH, Research Assistant, Division of Acute Care Surgery, Department of Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Kristen L.W. Webster, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Human Factors Engineer, Division of Acute Care Surgery, Department of Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Twitter: @LiseWelsh

National Blood Clot Alliance Stop the Clot

The National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) is a non-profit, voluntary health organization dedicated to advancing the prevention, early diagnosis and successful treatment of life-threatening blood clots such as deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and clot-provoked stroke.

Improvement Project

The VTE Collaborative is currently carrying out a three-year project that seeks to use patient-centered communication strategies to improve VTE prophylaxis administration rates in the hospital. Funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute in 2013, the project has engaged former patients to help develop educational materials for other patients, including a video. These former patients will also help lead training sessions for nurses about how to talk to patients about blood clot risks and prevention.

Using real-time alerts, the team is identifying patients who miss ordered doses of prophylaxis, and then facilitating conversations with those patients about VTE risks and prevention.

Learn more about this project.

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