This quality standard covers reducing the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in adults who are in hospital. VTE includes deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism. It covers people admitted as inpatients and those admitted to a hospital bed as day-case patients, including women who are pregnant and women after childbirth. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

It does not cover reducing the risk of VTE in primary and community settings. For women who are pregnant or after childbirth, this is covered in NICE's quality standards for antenatal care and postnatal care.

NICE has also published a quality standard on diagnosing and managing VTE in adults.

In March 2018, this quality standard was updated to reflect changes to the updated NICE guideline on venous thromboembolism in over 16s. Statement 1 on VTE and bleeding assessment, statement 2 on information about VTE prevention and statement 4 on reassessment have been updated.

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.