The Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) has awarded its first-ever Team Approaches in Quality Improvement Award to the UC San Diego Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prevention Program team.

The national award recognizes the team for its exemplary efforts in preventing VTE in hospitalized patients at UC San Diego Medical Center.

The program has significantly lowered the incidence of VTE in inpatients and has become a model for VTE prevention efforts nationwide.

For the program’s success, team leader Dr. Gregory Maynard credits the efforts of the multidisciplinary team and the support of the UC San Diego Medical Center and the Department of Medicine.

Dr. Maynard is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine. The VTE Prevention Team includes UC San Diego hospitalists, other physician specialists, pharmacists, and nurses.

The Team Approaches in Quality Improvement Award was presented in a ceremony on April 5 at the Hospital Medicine 2008 meeting here in San Diego.

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