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

This quality standard covers the reduction in risk of VTE in adults admitted as hospital inpatients or formally admitted to a hospital bed for day-case procedures.

It was previously called venous thromboembolism prevention quality standard.

Pregnant women and women up to 6 weeks post partum who are admitted to hospital are also specifically covered by this quality standard. The prevention of VTE in pregnant women in primary and community settings is covered by the relevant Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists guidance (Thrombosis and embolism during pregnancy and the puerperium, reducing the risk [Green-top guidance 37], 2009).