The implementation of nice guidance on venous thromboembolism risk assessment and prophylaxis: a before-after observational study to assess the impact on patient safety across four hospitals in England

June 24, 2013

Source:  BMC Health Services Research Vol 13 pp. 203

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Date of publication:  June 2013

Publication type:  Journal article

In a nutshell:  An international major health requirement is the prevention of Venous thromboembolism (VTE) to improve patient safety. In February 2010 NICE issued guidance on assessing patients for risk of VTE on admission to hospital, assessing patients for bleeding risk and evaluating the risks and benefits of prescribing VTE prophylaxis. This study aimed to evaluate the implementation of NICE guidance and its impact on patient safety. The documentation of risk assessment improved following the implementation of NICE guidance; however, it is uncertain whether this led to improved patient safety with respect to prescribing appropriate prophylaxis.

Length of Publication:  14 pages


How to guide to venous thromboembolism risk assessment

February 28, 2011

Source: National Reporting and Learning Agency

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Date of publication: 2 February 2011

Publication type: Guidance

In a nutshell:  This is a ‘How to’ guide to support NHS organisations in carrying out venous thromboembolism risk assessments on newly admitted patients.  It builds on existing resources and supports the implementation of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Quality Standards Programme, CQUIN requirements and NICE Guideline 92.

Length of publication:1 web page

Acknowledgement: National Patient Safety Agency