Despite the importance of Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis in hospitalized patients, audits have shown inadequate use of VTE prophylaxis methods around the world. We aimed to assess knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding VTE prophylaxis among clinicians in Nepal. Methodology: A cross-sectional questionnaire-based survey was conducted using an online survey platform. Results: 199(60.7%) of the respondents were aware of the risk factors-based risk stratification approach to VTE prophylaxis in hospitalized patients. Only 154 (47%) of the physicians reported institute-based protocols for VTE prophylaxis. Conclusion: We found a significant lack of awareness on risk factors-based stratification strategy for VTE prevention practices among Nepalese physicians. We recommend educational efforts for Nepalese physicians on the overall impact of VTE on mortality and morbidity of hospitalized patients. Our study highlights the needs for adoption of institution-based protocols for VTE prophylaxis and prevention.
Bhandari, Amit; Khanal, Amit; Thapa, Pratikshya; Thapa, Ashish; Bhattarai, Kushal; and Basnet, Bibhusan
"Use of Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis in Hospitalized Patients: Knowledge and Practice Among Physicians in Nepal.,"
Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives: Vol. 12:
5, Article 19.
Available at: https://scholarlycommons.gbmc.org/jchimp/vol12/iss5/19