Translating the findings to the larger hospital population of cancer patients and medical-surgery patients yields even greater success, he says.
"The important thing was that we made it so that it was mandatory for the person filling in the orders for admissions to go through our order set, an integral part of the routine admission process that couldn't be skipped," Haut explains.
"It wasn't like a piece of paper that someone had to go find and fill it out, if they remembered to do it.
"This was built into the system so that if you tried to skip over it, you couldn't do anything else with the patient—order blood work, any radiology or medications—without doing this order set. We made it mandatory."
Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary emboli are among the most common causes of death and morbidity in hospitalized patients. The risk is 10 times more common in trauma patients, exacerbated by the injuries the patient arrives with or diseases they may already have.