Background- Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters are small cage like devices placed percutaneously into the inferior vena cava to prevent propagation of thrombus into the pulmonary arteries. Currently there are two available types of filters, permanent filters and retrievable filters. In 2014, the FDA initiated a comprehensive analysis of filter placement and issued a statement recommending implanting physicians and clinicians responsible for the ongoing care of patients with retrievable IVC filters consider removing the filter as soon as protection from pulmonary embolism is no longer needed. Prior to the hospital’s structured system, there was a low rate of follow-up. The hospital had three separate databases involving two different implanting groups. Therefore, Parkview Health felt it was imperative to develop a comprehensive approach to IVC filter placement and follow-up to ensure good patient outcomes and comply with FDA recommendations.
Objective- Develop a single hospital process for following IVC filter patients to ensure proper indication for procedure order, short term, long term follow-up, and outcomes of IVC filters implantation and removal.
Keltner, Emily BS, MA; White, T. Eric MD; Hollister, Lisa; and Milestone, Denise RN, "One Hospital's Path to Develop an IVC Filter Registry" (2017). Parkview Heart Institute. 13.