9 variables that predict postpartum VTE

A new tool that identifies women at high risk of postpartum venous thromboembolism can be used to guide decisions on thromboprophylaxis, its UK developers say.

The risk prediction model is based on postpartum VTE risk data from more than a million births in the UK and Sweden, according to a validation study published in the BMJ.

By using clinical variables that are readily available at childbirth, the tool can be used in a clinical setting to assess an individual woman’s need for thromboprophylaxis.

As well as basic measures such as BMI, age and birthweight, the variables include