Venous thromboembolism: reducing the risk for patients in hospital
This guideline covers assessing and reducing the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE or blood clots) and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in people aged 18 and over in hospital. It aims to help healthcare professionals identify people most at risk of VTE. It describes treatments and interventions that can be used to prevent VTE.
In June 2015, recommendations were added on mechanical prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism in medical patients who are admitted for stroke.
This guideline includes recommendations on:
- assessing the risks of VTE and bleeding
- reducing the risk of VTE
- using VTE prophylaxis
- treatment for medical patients, surgical patients and other patient groups
- patient information and planning for discharge