SCIP VTE Measures Changing in 2014

New measures go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014

Jennie McKee

Prophylaxis guidelines for venous thromboembolism (VTE) issued by the AAOS and the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) have been at odds regarding whether aspirin should qualify as an acceptable prophylactic option. This difference in philosophy has had an impact on the Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP) measures, which are based on the ACCP guidelines, because aspirin was not recommended by the ACCP for prophylaxis in total joint arthroplasty patients.

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