Venous thromboembolism (VTE)

The Acute Adult programme, focused on developing reliable delivery of evidence-based interventions to patients at risk of harm from VTE and to contribute to the overall aim of reducing mortality. This work built on a previous focus on VTE prevention for surgical patients which was well established within the peri-operative workstream of the first phase of the programme.

The SPSP team supported this by focusing on:
• improving the reliable delivery of risk assessment and appropriate thromboprophylaxis for patients admitted to acute hospitals and throughout their hospital stay, and
• involving patients and families in risk assessment by providing information on risks and benefits of thromboprophylaxis.