If you were undergoing a surgical procedure, would you ever think to refuse the antibiotics your physician had ordered to prevent an infection?

For most hospitalized patients, that would be unfathomable. And yet, when it comes to another common complication with a far greater death toll than surgical-site infections, both patients and health care professionals aren’t nearly as vigilant. Each year, dangerous blood clots claim the lives of about 100,000 Americans. Many of those deaths occurred during or after a hospitalization, despite evidence showing that most of these events could have been prevented.
This post is from Dr. Peter Pronovost, Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine and Co-founder of Doctella. This is an excerpt reposted from his blog, Voices for Safer Care. Please visit his website to read the full article.