- Article: VTE: its diagnosis and management. Nursing Times.
- Author: Hayley Flavell is anticoagulant and thrombosis consultant nurse, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT
- New venous thromboembolic (VTE) disease guideline from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
- The importance of standardised care
- Current recommendations for care of patients with suspected or confirmed VTE
- The Wells clinical probability score
YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:
- Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Risk assessment
- NICE guidance
IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL FOR ME?
This article will familiarise you with an example of a NICE guideline. NICE guidance aims to provide recommendations for care to improve quality of care and to standardise care across England and Wales. VTE is a preventable condition with considerable mortality and morbidity.
Adherence to this guideline will provide standardised care and reduce incidence of VTE and improve management of the condition.
QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR
- How do I make best use of NICE guidelines?
- What are the signs and symptoms of VTE?
STUDENT NT DECODER
- Anticoagulant treatment: Medication that is used to prevent the formation of blood clots.
- Venous thromboembolism (VTE): A venous thrombosis is a blood clot that forms within a vein.
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT): a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body
- Pulmonary embolism: obstruction of the pulmonary artery by a blood clot which has been formed in a deep vein and is then dislodged.
- Wells clinical probability score: This is used to assess the probability of a patient with suspected VTE.