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Grand Rounds: Risk of Venous Thromboembolism in Pediatric Hospitalized Patients Undergoing Non-Cardiac Surgery


By Elizabeth Stephens, DO , Hematology/Oncology Fellow, Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH

Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Recognize signs of VTE in pediatric hospitalized patients. 2. Analyze risks of pediatric hospitalized patients for development of VTE. 3. Identify risks of pediatric surgical patients for development of VTE and which surgeries place them at risk.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists, and nurses.

Identified Gap:

Improved methods of recognizing and preventing VTE in pediatric surgical patients.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour(s)

Expiration Date for CE/CME Credit:


Method of Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CE/CME credit.


Dr. Stephens has indicated that she has no relevant financial interest in any pharmaceutical or medical device company and that this activity was developed independent of commercial interest.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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