Perioperative Venous Thromboembolism and Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Obstetrics and GynecologyDALTON, VANESSA MD, MPHClinical Obstetrics & Gynecology: September 2010 - Volume 53 - Issue 3 - pp 521-531 doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e3181ec185c Medical Errors And Safety Systems Abstract Author Information Venous thromboembolism (VTE) and surgical site infection are common and potentially preventable postoperative complications. National patient safety and healthcare quality initiatives target perioperative VTE and infection as opportunities to improve patient care and reduce healthcare costs. Women undergoing gynecologic surgery and cesarean delivery are at risk for these complications. There is sufficient evidence to recommend that VTE and antibiotic prophylaxis be given to women undergoing certain major gynecologic surgery or cesarean delivery. Because there are always emerging issues as new studies become available, physicians should anticipate periodic changes to the guidelines. Adherence to the available practice guidelines and awareness of relevant performance measures will further efforts to reduce postoperative complications. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan Medical School, L4000 Women's Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan Correspondence: Vanessa Dalton, MD, MPH, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Michigan Medical School, 1500 E. Medical Center Drive, L4000 Women's Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org © 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.