Ken Bazydlo
Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Venous Thromboembolism

SchoolRocky River High School


ProgramScience


MentorBarbara Elliott and Kiran Rai


DepartmentSouth Pointe Hospital


Research
Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Venous Thromboembolism
Hypothesis
Employees who are educated about venous thromboembolism (VTE) are more likely to fill out appropriate prophylaxis forms. Also, patients need education in terms they can understand.
Methodology
I aimed to see if there was a correlation between employee knowledge and VTE form compliance amongst the floors. For patient education, I performed patient surveys to see what patients needed. I distributed comprehensive employee tests on VTE to the floors. The 10-question quiz, which covered all aspects of VTE, was distributed to patients undergoing VTE prophylaxis.
Outcomes
My initial hypothesis about employee education was incorrect. I found that patients need a comprehensive and creative educational packet about VTE prophylaxis. I also found that employee education is independent of form compliance. My solution was to digitalize the form. I recommend a follow-up study to reanalyze these topics after my solutions are put in place.

Interpretations

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Veins by Crystal Olesen