This quality standard covers reducing the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in people aged 16 and over who are in hospital. It also covers diagnosing and treating VTE in all people aged 18 and over. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.
This quality standard updates and replaces the quality standards on venous thromboembolism in adults: reducing the risk in hospital (published June 2010), and venous thromboembolism in adults: diagnosis and management (published March 2013). The topic was identified for update following a routine review of published quality standards.