Venous thromboembolism prophylaxis and risk assessment in medical patients

Semin Thromb Hemost. 1991:17 Suppl 3:313-8.


In summary we have developed a VTE risk assessment system for medical patients based on our prior experience in surgical patients. In this model we divide individuals into low, moderate, and high-risk categories. We realize that our system needs further validation with appropriate diagnostic endpoints to correlate the actual occurrence of venous thromboembolism with the predicted risk on the basis of our score system. Nevertheless, the proposed model reflects one approach to achieving a prophylaxis tailored to the patients' risk.

MeSH terms

  • Causality
  • Humans
  • Prospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Thromboembolism / prevention & control*
  • Veins