Quality statement 2: Verbal and written information on VTE prevention

Quality statement 2: Verbal and written information on VTE prevention

Quality statement

Patients/carers are offered verbal and written information on VTE prevention as part of the admission process.

Quality measure

Structure: Evidence of written patient/carer information on VTE prevention being available to patients/carers as part of the admission process.

Process: Proportion of patients/carers who are offered verbal and written information on VTE prevention as part of the admission process.

Numerator – the number of patients/carers who are offered verbal and written information on VTE prevention as part of the admission process.

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

What the quality statement means for each audience

Service providers ensure verbal and written patient/carer information on VTE prevention is offered as part of the admission process.

Healthcare professionals offer all patients/carers verbal and written information on VTE prevention as part of the admission process.

Commissioners ensure services provide all patients/carers verbal and written information on VTE prevention as part of the admission process.

Patients/carers can expect to be offered verbal and written information on VTE prevention as part of the admission process to hospital.

Definitions

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).

Information about NICE guidance written specifically for patients can be found in Venous thromboembolism – reducing the risk: understanding NICE guidance (NICE clinical guideline 92, 2010).

Data source

Structure: Local data collection.

Process: Local data collection and Admitted patient care commissioning data set. Contained within NICE CG92 audit support, criterion 19.