VTE prevention (QS3)
Fast, easy summary view of NICE guidance on 'venous thromboembolism'
This NICE quality standard defines a high standard of care within this topic area. It provides specific, concise quality statements, measures and audience descriptors to provide patients and the public, health and social care professionals, commissioners and service providers with definitions of high-quality care.
This quality standard covers the reduction in risk of VTE in adults admitted as hospital inpatients or formally admitted to a hospital bed for day-case procedures.
Pregnant women and women up to 6 weeks post partum who are admitted to hospital are also specifically covered by this quality standard. The prevention of VTE in pregnant women in primary and community settings is covered by the relevant Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guidance (Thrombosis and embolism during pregnancy and the puerperium, reducing the risk [Green-top guidance 37], 2009).
- NICE clinical guideline: CG92 Venous thromboembolism - reducing the risk
- NICE clinical guideline: CG46 Venous thromboembolism (surgical) (replaced by CG92)
- Department of Health: Risk assessment for venous thromboembolism (updated March 2010 to comply with CG92)
This guidance has been incorporated into the following NICE Pathways, along with other related guidance and products.
Visit the NICE Pathway: venous thromboembolism
This page was last updated: 10 March 2014
Quality standard formats
Information for the public
Implementation tools and resources
- Support for commissioners
- Anticoagulation therapy commissioning guide
- CG92 Venous thromboembolism - reducing the risk: audit support
- CG92 Venous thromboembolism - reducing the risk: slide set
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The summary of the statements in the quality standard written for patients, carers and those with little medical knowledge and may be used in local patient information leaflets.
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Many organisations share NICE's commitment to improve quality by making it clear what quality care is for patients and the public, health and social care professionals, commissioners and service providers.
So that these standards reach the widest possible audience, some of these organisations have endorsed the VTE prevention quality standard.
These organisations are: