Quality standard

This quality standard covers diagnosing and treating venous thromboembolism (VTE) in adults. VTE includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover prevention of VTE or diagnosis and treatment of VTE in pregnant women.

NICE has also published a quality standard on reducing the risk of VTE for adults in hospital.

In April 2016, changes were made to this quality standard to reflect the updated NICE guideline on venous thromboembolic diseases. Statement 4, on mechanical interventions (compression stockings) for deep vein thrombosis, was removed because the statement was out of date.

How to use NICE quality standards and how we develop them

Quality standards help you improve the quality of care you provide or commission. Find out how to use quality standards and how we develop them. We check our quality standards every August to make sure they are up to date.