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How do you track DVTs at your hospital?
How are others tracking DVTs at your facility? Currently staff is supposed to SALT these occurences, however have compliance issues. Thanks, Cindy Hunchusky, RN/PICC TEAM/Harris Methodist Hospital/Fort Worth, Texas
Robbin George
Please translate the
Please translate the acronym SALT--Thanks

Robbin George RN VA-BC

Safety Action Learning Tool
Safety Action Learning Tool
Cindy Schrum
Cindy Schrum RN CRNI I

Cindy Schrum RN CRNI

I tracked ours by looking at the Upper Extremity U/S reports that were routed to me.  I had to sift through them to see which patients had lines but it was the only way I could figure to consistently get the information.

Cindy Schrum RN CRNI

I do the same thing--have a

I do the same thing--have a list of all the U/S reports for extremities (I have to go thru each report and see what extremity) and if there was a + DVT, find out if the pt had, or ever had had a PICC in that arm.  It is time consuming, to say the least, but it seems to be the most accurate way to really know what is happening with our lines here.

I am interested in learning what SALT means as well...........and if there are easier ways to track DVTs!!!!

Thanks for responding. SALT
Thanks for responding. SALT is basically an incident report. So I'm interested in finding out how you get a list of all ultrasound reports? Although time consuming, it would be a better way to catch them then we have now. Please respond or e-mail to [email protected]  Thanks!
Hello Cheryl,   Although

Hello Cheryl,


Although when you showed us this at your last visit and theoretically it is a wonderful assessment tool, we don't have the manpower to do this. We are in the reactive PICC mode due to our rapid growth.  Cindy

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