Venous Thromboembolism (VTE), commonly known as blood clots, is a significant international patient safety issue. The first step in preventing death and disability from VTE is to identify those at risk so that preventative treatments can be used. The purpose of this data collection is to quantify the numbers of adult hospital admissions who are being risk assessed for VTE to allow appropriate prophylaxis based on national guidance from NICE (The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence). Such measures have the potential to save many lives each year.
This data collection is intended to embed VTE risk assessment across the NHS and will be critical in evaluating the impact of the National VTE Prevention Program on improving health outcomes for patients. The VTE risk assessment is a former national CQUIN (Commissioning for Quality and Innovation) indicator and is a National Quality Requirement in the NHS Standard Contract for 2016/17. It sets a threshold rate of 95% of inpatients undergoing a risk assessment each month.