An estimated 25,000 people in the UK die from preventable hospital-acquired venous thromboembolism (VTE) every year, according to the Health Select Committee.
It can also drastically increase the length of hospital stay for affected patients and requires them to receive anticoagulant treatment for at least three months.
Nursing Times Learning has launched a new unit to help nurses to reduce the burden of VTE on patients and the health service.
The unit was developed with the aim of increasing knowledge while advising on best practice for managing the condition. It is appropriate for all nurses caring forhospitalised adult patients and is also beneficial to community nurses as most cases of VTE present in the community.
Training in this area is essential, as nurses need to be able to assess patients for signs of VTE and be competent in preventing and treating it. The unit also informsnurses how to advise patients and carers on long-term care.