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Venous thromboembolism in adults: diagnosis and management [QS29]

Measuring the use of this guidance

Statement: 3

People with suspected pulmonary embolism are offered an interim therapeutic dose of anticoagulation therapy if diagnostic investigations are expected to take longer than 1 hour from the time of first clinical suspicion.

Quality standard measure: The proportion of people with suspected PE whose diagnostic investigations take longer than 1 hour from the time of first clinical suspicion who receive an interim therapeutic dose of anticoagulation therapy.
What was measured: People aged over 16 years with patients suspected to have pulmonary embolism who had an avoidable delay in commencing treatment.
Data collection end: August 2017
18.7%
Number that met the criteria: 90 / 481
Area covered: UK
Source: National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death. Pulmonary Embolism: Know the Score.


Statement: 5

People with unprovoked deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism who are not already known to have cancer are offered timely investigations for cancer

Quality standard measure: The proportion of people with unprovoked DVT or PE who are not already known to have cancer who receive investigations for cancer
What was measured: Proportion of patients aged over 40 with an unprovoked VTE who had an abdomino-pelvic CT scan.
Data collection end: January 2015
85%
Area covered: Local
Source: Garwood David, Renton Bryan J, and Joekes Elizabeth. (2016). Implementation of NICE recommendations on abdomino-pelvic CT, following unprovoked venous thromboembolism, in a UK teaching hospital: no additional detection of occult malignancy and high numbers of incidental findings. Acute medicine, 15(5), pp.25-9.


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