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SHM Launches Geriatric Special Interest Group

The on-site consultation program is a good option for individuals interested in securing expert evaluation and input on a VTE prevention program but who don’t need ongoing support. Through the on-site consultation program, SHM consultants with VTE and QI expertise visit applicants’ hospitals to evaluate active or planned VTE prevention programs. The visits are especially helpful to participants with existing VTE prevention programs that they wish to expand or improve upon.

The consultation visits feature a structured evaluation of the site’s strengths and resources, barriers to improvement, and the design and functioning of active or proposed VTE prevention interventions. Specific consultation-visit activities vary according to participant goals and needs but may include meeting with the local project team, QI leaders, hospital administrators, and hospital medicine group leaders, as well as reviewing project documents—order sets, policies, and procedures—data, and data collection/management tools. Following the visits, SHM consultants provide participants with a written report of findings and recommendations. Participants also receive one follow-up telephone consultation.

Collaborative Members

SHM membership has responded enthusiastically to the VTE PC project. Early enrollees have a wide range of experience with VTE prevention and QI in general. Some fill QI leadership roles in their hospitals or hospital medicine groups; for others, the VTE prevention project is their first experience leading a QI effort. Enrollees represent a range of hospital types (academic centers, community teaching hospitals, community hospitals) and sizes (staffed beds range from 135 to 650) and are located in every U.S. geographic region in multiple hospital systems.

Several participants represent hospitals where VTE prevention programs have been implemented, while most have active projects in which no intervention has yet been implemented; a handful are still in the planning/initial exploration phase of work. Nearly half of the enrolled sites have a history of failed QI efforts in VTE prevention.

Many enrollees are looking to their VTE prevention efforts as a means of positioning their hospital medicine group as a local QI force. “This is the first large project the hospitalist group has undertaken since getting up and running,” reports one attendee. “I would really like to make a positive impact on patient care and lay the groundwork with this project that would allow us to be successful with future undertakings.”

Applying to the Programs

Participation in both the mentoring and on-site consultation programs is open to hospitalists who lead proposed or active VTE prevention projects. Participation is free, but enrollment is limited, so interested individuals are encouraged to apply early. SHM members can apply to either program by completing the online application available on the VTE Prevention Collaborative Web site:

Direct your questions about VTE Prevention Collaborative programs to [email protected].


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