Mandatory Use of CPOE Prevents Blood Clots

Cheryl Clark, for HealthLeaders Media , October 16, 2012

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.

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3 comments on "Mandatory Use of CPOE Prevents Blood Clots"

Todd (10/17/2012 at 5:40 PM)
Funny. Many JCI accredited hospitals like Severence and Bumrungrad have fully integrated CPOE systems yet US hospitals generally don't putting patients at greater risk.

Toni Alcott (10/17/2012 at 12:03 PM)
I would like to see physician's better educated on treatment of blood clots to prevent them from becoming fatal. I had a terrible experience With 3 blood clots, DVT and a PE because of a physician being stubborn and not taking action soon enough when two other physician's had consulted with him on this and he still would not listen.

jain (10/16/2012 at 1:18 PM)
i would like to think that my doctor is good enough he wouldn't overlook just an important aspect of my care.




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