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Venous thromboembolism (VTE) remains among the 20 most frequently occurring hospital acquired complications [1]. The Australian Commission for Quality and Safety in Health Care (ACQSHC) has developed a new implementation guide to support health services implementing the Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Clinical Care Standard, a key tool for reducing rates of VTE in hospital and post-discharge.

The Implementation Guide: Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Clinical Care Standard provides a range of strategies and recommendations. Each section includes tips for implementation, case studies and examples of VTE prevention strategies, as well as reflective questions and useful resources.

The VTE Clinical Care Standard, released in 2018, was developed to reduce avoidable death or disability from hospital-acquired VTE. The standard aims to ensure that all adults presenting to hospital who are at risk of hospital-acquired VTE:

  • Are identified
  • Have their risk of VTE and of bleeding assessed and documented
  • Receive appropriate VTE prevention therapies.

The new implementation guide is relevant to everyone with a role in achieving high-quality care for people at risk of VTE, including clinicians, policymakers, health system managers, researchers and consumers.

Access the implementation guide on the Commission’s website.  

[1] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2019. Admitted patient care 2017–18: Australian hospital statistics. Health services series no. 90. Cat. no. HSE 225. Canberra: AIHW.

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