April 2008 - Update: discussions between NICE and the British Orthopaedic Association

Discussions have taken place between the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) and the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA) on the issues generated by the NICE guideline on the prevention of venous thrombo-embolism (VTE). It was concluded that as the guidance was generic, further information should be made available to allow orthopaedic surgeons to understand the relevance of the guidelines to their practice. The following actions have been agreed:

1. The BOA will produce more detailed guidance on VTE prophylaxis which is operation and context specific. This work will be coordinated by the BOA and will be prepared in collaboration with orthopaedic subspecialty societies.

2. To ensure that there is a robust evidence base to inform future NICE guidance, NICE and the BOA have been invited by the Health Technology Assessment programme of the National Institute for Health Research to develop a research protocol for a national study on VTE prophylaxis. There has already been a joint meeting between NICE and the BOA to initiate this process. There will be a future call for all orthopaedic surgeons to participate in a study to expedite data collection.

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