This quality standard defines clinical best practice within this topic area. It provides specific, concise quality statements, measures and audience descriptors to provide the public, health and social care professionals, commissioners and service providers with definitions of high-quality care.

This quality standard covers the diagnosis and treatment of venous thromboembolic diseases in adults, excluding pregnant women. For prevention of VTE see the NICE quality standard for venous thromboembolism in adults: reducing the risk in hospital (QS3).

April 2016: Statement 4 describing the use of compression stockings was removed. This is because the guidance from NICE has been updated and the advice on using compression stockings has changed. All other information remains the same.

This quality standard was previously called the quality standard for diagnosis and management of venous thromboembolic diseases.