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Online Nursing Education Can Up Patient Use of VTE Prophylaxis

Online Nursing Education Can Up Patient Use of VTE Prophylaxis
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THURSDAY, Aug. 17, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Online training for nurses has been found to increase hospital patients’ use of venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis, according to a study published online Aug. 16 in PLOS ONE.

Researchers evaluated data from 933 nurses at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. The nurses received either a linear static education module with voiceover or an interactive learner-centric dynamic scenario-based education module.

After the online training, the number of patients who refused to take prescribed VTE prophylaxis dropped from 12.4 to 11.1 percent, the investigators found. There was no statistically significant difference between the module types.

“We teach in hopes of improving patient care, but there’s actually very little evidence that online professional education can have a measurable impact. Our results show that it does,” senior author Elliott Haut, M.D., Ph.D., vice chair of quality, safety, and service in the department of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said in a Hopkins news release.

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