Orthopaedic Nursing

Skip Navigation LinksHome > May/June 2011 - Volume 30 - Issue 3 > Venous Thromboembolism After Fibula Fracture: A Patient's Pe...
Orthopaedic Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/NOR.0b013e318219ae94
Original Articles

Venous Thromboembolism After Fibula Fracture: A Patient's Perspective

Harvey, Carol V.; Runner, Megan

Continued Education
Collapse Box


Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) is a significant healthcare issue in the United States. This article presents information on the scope of the problem of VTE through a case study demonstrating the physical and psychosocial experiences of a 24-year-old woman with a fibula fracture treated in a short leg cast who developed a deep vein thrombosis that went on to become a pulmonary embolism. The patient experience is evaluated and supported by literature review in terms of risk factors as well as diagnostic, prophylaxis, medical treatment, and nursing implications. Analysis of a patient experience with VTE is valuable to add to the nursing body of knowledge for improvement of evidence-based practice.

© 2011 National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses


Article Tools

CE Test


Article Level Metrics