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.

Keeping quality standards up to date

We checked this quality standard in 2016. The source guidance on reducing the risk of VTE for patients in hospital is being updated and we are assessing what changes will need to be made to the quality standard.

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