P_CS_05 Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance that ensures all staff with clinical responsibilities working for Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust maintain an active awareness of the risks of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and take appropriate action to assess the risk for all patients under their care and initiate preventative measures to reduce that risk in proportion to the risk identified.

It is estimated that each year over 25 000 people in England and Wales die as a result of hospital acquired venous thromboembolism (VTE). Many of these deaths are preventable through the use of VTE prophylaxis. The House of Commons Select Committee Report on the Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism in Hospitalised Patients Feb 2005 and The Venous Thromboembolism in Hospitalised Patients Expert Working Group have been tasked with addressing this issue. NICE Clinical Guideline 92 - "Reducing the risk of venous thromboembolism (deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism) in patients admitted to hospital" January 2010, gives clear guidance regarding national standards.

 

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