HHS and CDC HA-VTE Prevention Challenge

HHS and CDC HA-VTE Prevention Challenge

Post Script, March 29, 2016

havteThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced eight winners for the 2015 Healthcare Associated-VTE Prevention Challenge, recognizing hospitals in the U.S. that demonstrated outstanding efforts to Stop the Clot. We applaud all of these winners or VTE Champions, including several who serve on our organization’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Board, including:


Dr. Gregory Maynard who, with his team at UC Davis, was recognized for outstanding efforts to prevent blood clots. Read more about the important work taking place at UC Davis here: UC Davis and UC Davis Press Release

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Dr. Michael Streiff who, with colleagues at Johns Hopkins, also was recognized for integrated programs to prevent blood clots. Read more about the work at Johns Hopkins here: Johns Hopkins




Winners Announced by CDC

You can read more about this HA-VTE Prevention Challenge on CDC’s website here, and also in the press release the Agency distributed to announce the eight winners of this important public health initiative.



Healthcare-Associated VTE Prevention Challenge

Blood clots affect up to 900,000 people in the United States each year, and cause about 100,000 deaths annually. About half of these blood clots happen after a recent hospital stay or surgery. These types of blood clots are referred to as healthcare-associated venous thromboembolism, or HA-VTE.

To support and promote HA-VTE prevention, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced the 2015 HA-VTE Prevention Challenge. The challenge will bring prestige to organizations that invest in VTE prevention, improve understanding of successful implementation strategies at the health system level, and motivate health systems to strengthen their VTE prevention efforts. The top-judged organizations found to have implemented innovative and effective VTE prevention strategies will be recognized as HA-VTE Prevention Champions. CDC will document these successful strategies and highlight the systems, processes, and staffing that contribute to exceptional VTE prevention outcomes achieved by Champions. Champions will receive a cash prize, if eligible, and other forms of recognition.

Read more and register for the HA-VTE challenge by clicking here:


Share downloadable information about the 2015 HA-VTE Prevention Challenge with colleagues and contacts:

Fact Sheet and Flyer


To learn more about the risk of blood clots, click here:  Blood clot risks

To learn more about the symptoms of blood clots, click  here: Blood clot symptoms

Also, you can learn more about blood clots at www.stoptheclot.org/spreadtheword