About this information

NICE guidelines provide advice on the care and support that should be offered to people who use health and care services.

This information explains the advice set out in NICE clinical guideline 92 about the care and treatment of people who are at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) while in hospital.

The advice on using stockings and compression devices for people who have had a stroke has been updated. This is because there is new evidence on how well these devices work. See people who have had a stroke for details.

Does this information apply to me?

Yes, if you are an adult (aged 18 and over) who is admitted to hospital as an inpatient (including those admitted for day-case procedures).

No, if you:

  • are under the age of 18

  • are attending hospital as an outpatient (you are going to hospital for a test or procedure, but are not being admitted and are not staying overnight)

  • attend an emergency department but are not admitted to hospital

  • are an older person who is cared for at home or in a residential care home

  • are immobile and are cared for at home or in a residential care home

  • are admitted to hospital because you have a diagnosis or signs and symptoms of DVT or pulmonary embolism.

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