Deep Vein Thrombosis of the Leg- 2 Contact Hours



Deep vein thrombosis is a condition in which a blood clot is lodged in one of the major deep veins of the lower legs, thighs, pelvis, or arm. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a commonly occurring condition with potentially serious complications. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2012), some 200,000-400,000 people in the United States develop DVT each year. It most often occurs in the deep veins of the leg, but also can be found in any deep vein of the body. Prolonged immobilization related to surgery or hospitalization, trauma, malignancy, hormone therapy, pregnancy, advancing age, and dehydration have been associated with the development of DVT (Collins, 2009). In addition, 5%-8% of those affected are known to have inherited disorders of blood clotting. The most serious complication of DVT is pulmonary embolism (PE), which occurs in up to 50% of cases and has a mortality rate of up to 30%. Post-thrombotic syndrome is another complication that affects up to one-third of persons with DVT. It is characterized by persistent pain, swelling, and discoloration of the affected extremity. (CDC, 2012)


At the end of this course, you will be able to:
o Identify what DVT is
o Discuss signs and symptoms of DVT
o Review cause and risk factors of DVT
o Explain treatments of DVT
o Explain nursing diagnosis and plan of care of DVT

Course Content

Total learning: 2 lessons / 1 quiz Time: 2 hours

Deep Vein Thrombosis of the Leg

2 Contact Hours



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