Evidence Based Practice

1203 WordsOct 23, 20155 Pages
Evidence Based Practice Regina Cadenhead Jefferson College Evidence Based Practice Venous thromboembolism refers to the formation of a blood clot in a blood vessel. While clots can form in an artery or a vein, this article focuses only on clots that occur in a vein ("," 2015). Critically ill patients are at an increased risk of a venous thromboembolism (VTE) due to VTE can manifest as a deep venous thrombosis (DVT) or a pulmonary embolism (PE). Risk factors include venous stasis, vascular injury, and hypercoagulable disorders. A majority of ICU patients carry at least one risk factor for VTE; additional risk factors are considered to have a cumulative effect…it is impossible to predict which patients will experience a thromboembolic event. Therefore, it is judicious to assess all hospitalized patients for their VTE risk and add prophylaxis accordingly (Armahizer & Benedict, 2011). At any time, a patient’s condition can change so it is important to properly assess and take measures to prevent VTE. Therefore, nursing care has to be flexible. Not only does a nursing care plan depend on the needs of the patient at the time of admittance, but it also needs to be able to change when and if any obstacles come up during the treatment and recovery process. Ida Jean Orlando 's Nursing Process openly addresses this need for flexibility and helps nurses focus on the patient rather than solely sticking to a nursing care plan no matter what. Petiprin states that
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