Nursing Continue Education

DVT (Reading and Sharing)

Study and Review for Tomorrow’s pt visit

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

Signs & Symptoms:

  • Often few symptoms, but pt may c/o pain, swelling, redness, and increased warmth to the affected areas
  • Risk factors: obesity, age, trauma, cancer, immobility, smoking, use of oral contraceptives, recent surgery


  • Ultrasound to affected areas
  • D-Dimer test (useful… as a negative predictive test for DVT… which if a D-Dimer is negative, it is unlikely that the pt have DVT)

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