We recently reached out to Dr. Antonios Gasparis, professor of surgery at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, to learn more about his hospital’s venous thromboembolism (VTE) team. Upon its formation, the team was tasked with managing patients who have received IVC filters, including tracking eligible patients for outpatient follow-up and filter retrieval. Following is Dr. Gasparis’ description of the roles of the VTE team, results of protocol implementation, and suggestions for physicians who would like to create a similar program at their facility. Below, Dr. Gasparis answers the following question.
What are your current IVC filter retrieval protocols both with patients already under your care and when referred to you from another physician? Also, what are the key elements to success for overcoming challenges you experience within those protocols?