Pannucci et al identified acquired risk factors for venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients being treated for thermal burn injury. These can help to identify patients in the hospital who may require more aggressive management to avoid thromboembolic events. The authors are from the University of Michigan.

Patient selection: thermal injury


Outcome: venous thromboembolism (VTE) during in-hospital stay


Risk factors during hospital stay and not on admission:

(1) more operations (3.7 with VTE vs 1.9 for no VTE)

(2) pneumonia

(3) central venous line insertion


An additional risk factor may be a history of hypercoagulable state.


A patient with one or more risk factors may benefit from interventions to reduce risk or closer monitoring.

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