Using a clinical pathway for venous thromboembolism patients that includes order sets, systemwide education, follow-up phone calls and coordinated post-discharge care may help cut hospital stays and costs, according to a study in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. Hospital stays decreased from 4.4 days to 3.1 days and readmission rates fell to 5.8% from 9.4% for VTE pathway patients compared with historical patient data.

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