Safety and Quality > Our Work > Medication Safety > Medication charts > Background and development of medication charts > Venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis section of hospital medication charts

The NIMC and PBS HMC include a section on VTE prophylaxis. The NIMC (day surgery) incorporates a modified VTE prophylaxis section.

The VTE prophylaxis section in the NIMC is intended to prompt prescribers to assess all adult patients for risk of VTE on admission and prescribe appropriate VTE prophylaxis. It should be used in conjunction with the hospital’s approved VTE risk assessment and prophylaxis policies, protocols or guides. In line with national and international guidelines, the Commission recommends that health services develop a formal strategy that addresses the prevention of VTE.

This section of the charts is based on piloting and significant local and national development work.

The NIMC VTE phase two final report explains the process, outcomes and recommendations that led to the development of the VTE prophylaxis section.

NIMC VTE phase two: final report (PDF 1.63MB)  

Resources are available to support use, auditing and reporting of the VTE prophylaxis section.

The Commission is developing a clinical care standard on VTE prevention.