Validation of risk assessment models predicting venous thromboembolism in acutely ill medical inpatients: a cohort study.

Moumneh, Thomas; Riou, Jérémie; Douillet, Delphine; Henni, Samir; Mottier, Dominique; Tritschler, Tobias; Le Gal, Grégoire; Roy, Pierre-Marie (2020). Validation of risk assessment models predicting venous thromboembolism in acutely ill medical inpatients: a cohort study. Journal of thrombosis and haemostasis, 18(6), pp. 1398-1407. Wiley-Blackwell 10.1111/jth.14796

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As hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism (VTE) represents a frequent cause of preventable deaths in medical inpatients, identifying at risk patients requiring thromboprophylaxis is critical. We aimed to externally assess the Caprini, IMPROVE and Padua VTE risk scores and to compare their performance to advanced age as a stand-alone predictor.


We performed a retrospective analysis of patients prospectively enrolled in the PREVENU trial. Patients aged 40-years and older, hospitalised for at least 2-days on a medical ward were consecutively enrolled and followed for three months. Critical ill patients were not recruited. Patients diagnosed with VTE within 48-hours from admission, or receiving full dose anticoagulant treatment or who underwent surgery were excluded. All suspected VTE and deaths occurring during the three-month follow-up were adjudicated by an independent committee. The three scores were retrospectively assessed. Body mass index, needed for the Padua and Caprini scores were missing in 44% of patients.


Among 14,910 eligible patients, 14,660 were evaluable, of which 1.8% experienced symptomatic VTE or sudden unexplained death during the three-month follow-up. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curves (AUC) were 0.60 (95%CI 0.57-0.63), 0.63 (95%CI 0.60-0.66) and 0.64 (95%CI 0.61-0.67) for Caprini, IMPROVE and Padua scores, respectively. None of these scores performed significantly better than advanced age as a single predictor (AUC 0.61, 95%CI 0.58-0.64).


In our study, Caprini, IMPROVE and Padua VTE risk scores have poor discriminative ability to identify not-critically ill medical inpatients at risk of VTE, and do not perform better than a risk evaluation based on patient's age alone.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of General Internal Medicine (DAIM) > Clinic of General Internal Medicine > Centre of Competence for General Internal Medicine

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Tobias Tritschler

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07 Apr 2020 15:11

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07 Sep 2021 17:17

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Deep vein thrombosis Inpatients Pulmonary embolism Risk assessment model Venous thromboembolism




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