Venous thromboembolism (VTE)

SPSP Acute Adult supported efforts to improve reliable delivery of evidence-based interventions to patients at risk of harm from VTE and to contribute to the overall aim of reducing mortality and harm in acute hospitals.

People in acute hospitals are at higher risk of Venous thromboembolism (VTE) for a number of reasons including immobility and dehydration.  

Interventions to reduce the risk of VTE include

  • individual risk assessment,
  • early mobilisation and appropriate hydration and,
  • in some cases, mechanical or pharmaceutical interventions to reduce the risk of VTE formation.

Between January 2012 and December 2016, SPSP delivered a 3 year collaborative to improve reliable delivery of these interventions in acute hospitals.

Evaluation of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme sepsis VTE collaborative: Short Report

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) project in NHS Borders

In 2016, Healthcare Improvement Scotland supported a one year improvement project in NHS Borders to understand the barriers and enablers to correct delivery of thrombophylaxis. This project supported development of a revised driver diagram and measurement plan. Please click here to see a report of this project and access improvement tools developed.