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Managing VTE Risk Guidance

Hospital acquired Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) is an important patient safety issue resulting in significant mortality, morbidity and healthcare resource expenditure. VTE manifests as either deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE), and can be difficult to diagnose.

In the UK it is estimated that without appropriate prophylaxis around 25,000 people a year will die from hospital-acquired VTE.

The NHS in England is in a unique position of having a comprehensive Chief Medical Officer led risk assessment policy and a comprehensive suite of clinical guidelines:

  • The Department of Health has released a paper-based VTE risk assessment tool to assess risk of VTE for patients admitted to hospital. Department of Health policy states that each and every patient is assessed for their individual risk of VTE on admission to hospital.
  • NICE has released guidance on reducing the risk of VTE and makes recommendations on the use of prophylaxis.
  • Additionally CQUIN targets have been set in England demanding that 95% of all adult admissions receive risk assessment and appropriate thromboprophylaxis. For further information download 'Venous Thromboembolism Prevention: A Guide for Delivering the CQUIN Goal.'


The guidance document, which can be downloaded below, has been produced in order to provide a better understanding of the value of managing VTE risk and how the implementation of electronic VTE can bring benefits to trusts – this aims to help trusts implement the nationally-agreed DH VTE standard assessment electronically.

Download Managing VTE Risk Guidance.