This guidance is about the care and treatment of people who are at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) while in hospital in the NHS in England and Wales. It should be read in conjunction with technology appraisal 245 (published in January 2012).
The advice in the NICE guideline covers the care and treatment that should be offered to:
- all adults (aged 18 and over) who are admitted to hospital as inpatients (including those admitted for day-case procedures).
It does not cover the care and treatment that should be offered to:
- people under the age of 18
- people attending hospital as outpatients
- people attending emergency departments who are not admitted to hospital
- older people who are cared for at home or in residential care homes
- people who are immobile and are cared for at home or in residential care homes
- people who are admitted to hospital because they have a diagnosis or signs and symptoms of DVT or pulmonary embolism.
Recommendations on mechanical prophylaxis for venous thromboembolism in patients who are admitted for stroke have been added to section 1.4. The addendum contains details of the methods and evidence used to update these recommendations.
This guidance updates and replaces NICE clinical guideline 46 (published in April 2007).