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Venous thromboembolism in over 16s: reducing the risk of hospital-acquired deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism [NG89]

Measuring the use of this guidance

Recommendation: 1.1.1

Assess all patients to identify the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and bleeding (see recommendation 1.1.2 for all medical patients, 1.1.5 for all surgical patients, 1.1.9 for all pregnant women and all women who gave birth or had a miscarriage or termination of pregnancy in the past 6 weeks, 1.8.1 for all people admitted to the critical care unit and 1.9.1 for all acute psychiatric patients).

What was measured: Proportion of reported patients in an acute setting who had a new venous thromboembolism.
Data collection end: May 2014
0.4%
Data collection end: May 2015
0.4%
Data collection end: May 2016
0.4%
Data collection end: May 2017
0.37%
Data collection end: May 2018
0.73%
Area covered: England
Source: NHS Safety Thermometer: Classic

What was measured: Proportion of adult hospital admissions assessed for risk of VTE on admission.
Data collection end: March 2014
96%
Number that met the criteria: 3403863 / 3545837
Data collection end: March 2015
96%
Number that met the criteria: 3423555 / 3566055
Data collection end: March 2016
95.5%
Number that met the criteria: 3509040 / 3673143
Data collection end: March 2017
95.7%
Number that met the criteria: 3550118 / 3708198
Data collection end: March 2018
95.2%
Number that met the criteria: 3515473 / 3692479
Area covered: England
Source: VTE Risk Assessment Data Collection

What was measured: Proportion of adult hospital admissions assessed for risk of VTE on admission to hospital using the National VTE Risk Assessment Tool.
Data collection end: March 2019
96%
Number that met the criteria: 3687183 / 3851296
Area covered: England
Source: VTE Risk Assessment Data Collection


Recommendation: 1.2.4

As part of the discharge plan, give patients and their family members or carers (as appropriate) verbal and written information on: - the signs and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism - how people can reduce their risk of VTE (such as keeping well hydrated and, if possible, exercising and becoming more mobile) - the importance of seeking help if DVT, pulmonary embolism or other adverse events are suspected.

What was measured: Proportion of trusts who distribution of patient information leaflet produced by an external organisation on VTE prevention.
Data collection end: March 2018
21%
Area covered: National
Source: All Party Parliamentary Thrombosis Group Report

What was measured: Proportion of trusts who have a documented patient discussion with healthcare professional on VTE prevention.
Data collection end: March 2018
38%
Area covered: National
Source: All Party Parliamentary Thrombosis Group Report



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