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.
Carol V. Harvey, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, ONC, Professor of Nursing, Orthopaedic Clinical Nurse Specialist, Cypress College, Department of Registered Nursing, Cypress, CA.
Megan Runner, Nursing Student—Second Year, Cypress College, Department of Registered Nursing, Cypress, CA.
The authors have disclosed that they have no financial interests to any commercial company related to this educational activity.