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What are the current recommendations for care of VTE patients?

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  • 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.
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