Venous thromboembolism (VTE) results in significant morbidity and mortality in post-operative patients. From various studies it is proven that prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism is preferred and effective in post-operative patients and American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) has published evidence based guidelines for VTE prophylaxis. In this study compliance to these guidelines was studied in post-operative patients in a tertiary care centre. 500 postoperative cases were prospectively observed, risk stratification done according to Caprini Score and compliance was determined. Overall compliance to ACCP guidelines was low, only 19.8% patients. So there is need of proper identification of risk factors and aggressive implementation of ACCP guidelines for VTE prophylaxis in post-operative patients for effective control of burden of VTE including pulmonary embolism.
Compliance, Post-operative, Prophylaxis, Pulmonary embolism, venous thromboembolism.