Patient Care and Monitoring

1. It is critical to first confirm diagnosis of VTE

• Clinical assessment: look for risk factors for VTE

• If DVT symptoms are present, obtain a venous ultrasound

• D-dimer: this test may be a helpful adjunct to either a venous ultrasound or V/Q scan

2. Obtain baseline laboratory tests. These tests must be obtained prior to initiating anticoagulation therapy:

• PT and calculated INR

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