Delivering an enlightened, systematic approach to VTE Prevention across the country that has saved many lives and prevented much morbidity
A nationwide focus on VTE prevention in England began in 2005 after the publication of the Health Care Select Committee report, which highlighted that VTE in hospitalised patients was a significant and largely preventable problem. This was the catalyst for rapid and widespread action aimed at reducing the risk of VTE in hospitalised patients. For the first time, VTE risk assessment became mandatory in adult hospitalised patients, with financial incentives ensuring rapid implementation.
We now have an enlightened, systematic approach to VTE Prevention across the country that has saved many lives and prevented much morbidity. This is supported by NHS Digital data, which shows that deaths from hospital associated VTE, have reduced by 16.2% since 2007.
The future is about building on our success by learning even more about hospital associated thrombosis, continuing to ensure exemplary VTE prevention practice is commonplace, undertaking research to push the scientific boundaries of our knowledge and practice and educating the public about VTE to ensure swift diagnosis in those we cannot prevent.