Compliance with antithrombotic guidelines in surgery patients in German hospitals: a multicenter study involving pharmacy interns

Clin Appl Thromb Hemost. 2012 Jun;18(3):299-304. doi: 10.1177/1076029611412368. Epub 2011 Jul 6.


Despite the existence of antithrombotic guidelines, there is low compliance with these guidelines in clinical practice. Until now pharmacy interns (PIs) have not been involved in this process. The objectives were to involve PIs to evaluate compliance with antithrombotic guidelines for VTE prophylaxis in surgery patients, and in cases of noncompliance to carry out pharmaceutical interventions. The study was conducted in 7 hospitals in Germany involving 27 PIs within the project "Pharmacy interns on the ward" (P-STAT 2). Pharmacy interns determined the thromboembolic risk, documented antithrombotic medication, and checked the compliance with current antithrombotic guidelines. A total of 6491 patients were enrolled; 5695 patients received antithrombotic prophylaxis. Antithrombotic guideline was followed in 77.5% patients. Many patients are not receiving appropriate VTE prophylaxis or heparin bridging regimen despite the fact that evidence-based antithrombotic guidelines are available. Pharmacy interns may play an important role in antithrombotic management.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Female
  • Fibrinolytic Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Germany
  • Guideline Adherence*
  • Hospitals, Community
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Risk Factors
  • Surgical Procedures, Operative*
  • Venous Thromboembolism / prevention & control*


  • Fibrinolytic Agents