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Awareness of venous thromboembolism and thromboprophylaxis among hospitalized patients: a cross-sectional study

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Title
Awareness of venous thromboembolism and thromboprophylaxis among hospitalized patients: a cross-sectional study
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Thrombosis Journal, July 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12959-017-0144-2
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Hind Almodaimegh, Lama Alfehaid, Nada Alsuhebany, Rami Bustami, Shmylan Alharbi, Abdulmalik Alkatheri, Abdulkareem Albekairy

Abstract

Patient awareness of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and thromboprophylaxis is essential for their safety. In this study, we evaluated patients' awareness of VTE and their perceptions of thromboprophylaxis. We administered a cross-sectional survey to patients hospitalized at the King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Of 190 patients approached, 174 completed the survey, constituting a response rate of 95%. Most participants (72%) were receiving thromboprophylaxis. However, only 32 and 15% reported knowledge of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), respectively. Fifty-five percent of participants with knowledge of DVT identified swelling of the leg as a symptom. Risk factors for blood clot development were correctly identified by about half of participants, although most agreed that blood clots can cause death (77%). The level of awareness of DVT or PE did not significantly differ by respondents' demographics. However, awareness of DVT or PE was significantly higher among those with a personal or family history of VTE. Participants had positive perceptions of thromboprophylaxis and were satisfied with treatment (> 69%), but perceived its adverse effects less favorably and reported lower satisfaction with the information provided about DVT and PE (46%). This study demonstrates the lack of awareness of VTE, DVT, and PE among hospitalized patients. More attention must be paid to patient education to ensure safe and high-quality patient care.

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Unknown 26 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Postgraduate 6 23%
Student > Master 5 19%
Student > Bachelor 3 12%
Researcher 3 12%
Professor 2 8%
Other 3 12%
Unknown 4 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 12 46%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 12%
Environmental Science 1 4%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 1 4%
Engineering 1 4%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 8 31%

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#9,201,271
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