Archive of: VTE

New NICE Guidelines on diagnosis and management of venous thromboembolism,  blog by Dr Dan Horner

New NICE Guidelines on diagnosis and management of venous thromboembolism, blog by Dr Dan Horner

In the midst of everything that is going on with COVID-19 it is easy to see how important non coronavirus stuff can get overlooked. But we still need to keep our eyes open. After a 3 year process involving many meetings, stakeholder comments, high levels of oversight and fantastic technical support, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence in the UK (NICE) released their updated guidelines on the diagnosis and management of venous thromboembolic (VTE) disease.

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Vascular interventions, for whom and when:

Vascular interventions, for whom and when:

Acute DVT, symptomatic chronic DVTs and Post Thrombotic Syndrome… it’s time to find out more.

Post thrombotic syndrome (PTS) is a common, but often underappreciated complication of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is the term used to describe a blood clot in the venous system of the body. Veins carry blood back toward the heart after the blood has been pumped to different parts of the body and the oxygen used. When a blood clot obstructs a vein, the blockage slows or can even stop blood flow. Whilst not the case for everyone, when veins become blocked, they can cause painful and difficult to manage symptoms. In particular the larger veins in the pelvis, the iliac veins, are prone to this problem.

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Addressing psychiatric inpatients for VTE prevention

Addressing psychiatric inpatients for VTE prevention

While there are already some NICE guidelines for psychiatry, which point at the NICE VTE prophylaxis tool, the tool itself is often irrelevant to psychiatry. Patients often have no co-morbid medical illness, and the majority of them are walking around the ward, and off the ward, just like they would at home. Most of my patients do not need VTE prophylaxis.

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