Venous thromboembolism risk assessment
Preventable hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a major cause of death in hospital patients and considerable costs are associated with non-fatal symptomatic VTE and related comorbidities. The first step in preventing death and disability is to identify those who are at risk so that preventative treatments can be used.
Adherence to national guidance around VTE risk assessment has the potential to save many lives each year.
The data presented here relates to the proportion of adult hospital admissions during the analysis period who were risk assessed for VTE on admission to hospital according to the Department of Health/NICE National Tool.
All providers of NHS-funded acute hospital care (including foundation trusts and independent sector providers) are required to complete the data collection, which was mandated from 1 July 2010.