Quality statement 2: Information about VTE prevention

Quality statement

Patients who are at increased risk of VTE, are given information about VTE prevention on admission to hospital.

Quality measure

Structure: Evidence of patient information on VTE prevention being available to patients on admission to hospital.

Process: Proportion of patients who are at increased risk of VTE who are given information about VTE prevention on admission to hospital.

Numerator – the number in the denominator who are given information about VTE prevention on admission to hospital.

Denominator – the number of patients who are at increased risk of VTE.

What the quality statement means for each audience

Service providers ensure that systems are in place for patient information on VTE prevention to be given on admission to hospital.

Healthcare professionals give information about VTE prevention to patients at increased risk of VTE on admission to hospital.

Commissioners ensure services provide information about VTE prevention to patients at increased risk of VTE on admission to hospital.

Patients are given information about VTE prevention on admission to hospital if they are at risk of VTE.

Definitions

Verbal and written information should be provided on:

  • the risks and possible consequences of VTE

  • the importance of VTE prophylaxis and its possible side effects

  • the correct use of VTE prophylaxis (for example, anti-embolism stockings, intermittent pneumatic compression devices or foot impulse devices)

  • how patients can reduce their risk of VTE (such as keeping well hydrated and, if possible, exercising and becoming more mobile).

Data source

Structure: Local data collection.

Process: Local data collection and Admitted patient care commissioning data set.