Venous Thromboembolism Clinical Care Standard - Consumer fact sheet
The Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Clinical Care Standard contains seven quality statements describing the care that people should expect to receive during and after a hospital stay to help reduce their risk of blood clots. These fact sheets explain each quality statement, what it means, and what you can do to have an active role in your care.
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Venous thromboembolism (VTE) refers to blood clots such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism, which can have serious consequences and may be fatal.
The goal of the Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Clinical Care Standard is to ensure that all adults presenting to hospital have an assessment of VTE risk and bleeding risk that is formally documented. It also aims to ensure that VTE prevention is appropriately prescribed and used to reduce avoidable death or disability from hospital-acquired VTE.
These fact sheets provide information for patients, in both a long and short version.