Blood Clot Prevention and Treatment

Because hospital patients often have to stay in bed for long periods of time, any patient who is admitted to the hospital is at increased risk of developing a blood clot in the veins (known as venous thromboembolism).  Blood clots can break off and travel to other parts of the body and cause serious problems, even death.  Fortunately, there are safe, effective, and proven methods to prevent blood clots or to treat them when they occur.

Data shown below for RMH is from the most recent update of CMS Hospital Compare / Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

 Measure

RMH
Performance 

Illinois Av. 

U.S. Av. 

Notes: 

Patients who got treatment to prevent blood clots on the day of or day after hospital admission or surgery. (Higher percentages are better.)

 100%

 91%

91% 

 
Patients who got treatment to prevent blood clots on the day of or day after being admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. (Higher percentages are better.)

 100%

96% 

95% 

 
Patients who developed a blood clot while in the hospital who did not get treatment that could have prevented it. (Lower percentages are better.)

 Not avail.

7% 

6% 

Too few cases.

Patients with blood clots who got the recommended treatment, which includes using two different blood thinner medicines at the same time. (Higher percentages are better.)

 87%

95% 

95% 

 
Patients with blood clots who were treated with an intravenous blood thinner, and then were checked to determine if the blood thinner was putting the patient at increased risk of bleeding. (Higher percentages are better.)

 Not avail.

98% 

99% 

Too few cases.

Patients with blood clots who were discharged on a blood thinner medicine and received written instructions about that medicine. (Higher percentages are better.)

 Not avail.

83% 

87% 

Too few cases.