Quality statement 1: VTE and bleeding risk assessment

Quality statement

All patients, on admission, receive an assessment of VTE and bleeding risk using the clinical risk assessment criteria described in the national tool.

Quality measure

Structure: Evidence that patients receive a risk assessment for VTE and bleeding that uses the clinical risk assessment criteria described in the national tool.

Process: Proportion of patients assessed on admission for VTE and bleeding risk using the clinical risk assessment criteria described in the national tool.

Numerator – the number of patients assessed on admission for VTE and bleeding risk using the clinical risk assessment criteria described in the national tool.

Denominator – the number of inpatients and day cases admitted to hospital.

What the quality statement means for each audience

Service providers ensure patients, on admission, are assessed for risk of VTE and bleeding using the clinical risk assessment criteria described in the national tool.

Healthcare professionals assess all patients for risk of VTE and bleeding on admission using the clinical risk assessment criteria described in the national tool.

Commissioners ensure services assess all patients for risk of VTE and bleeding on admission using the clinical risk assessment criteria described in the national tool.

Patients can expect to have their risk of VTE and bleeding assessed when admitted to hospital using the clinical risk assessment criteria described in the national tool.

Definitions

This statement applies to all patients admitted to hospital.

If the assessment for VTE and bleeding has been done at a pre-admission clinic, it should be reviewed for changes on admission using the clinical risk assessment criteria described in the national tool.

A day case is defined as a patient admitted electively during the course of a day with the intention of receiving care who does not require the use of a hospital bed overnight and who returns home as scheduled. If this original intention is not fulfilled and the patient stays overnight, such a patient should be counted as an ordinary admission.

The national tool is the Department of Health's Risk assessment for venous thromboembolism (March 2010).

Data source

Structure: Local data collection.

Process: NHS England's VTE risk assessment statistics.