Preventing VTE/blood clots Information for healthcare staff

Hospital-acquired Venous ThromboEmbolism (VTE, blood clots) is the most common preventable cause of in-hospital death.  Assessing patients’ risk of VTE and bleeding and choosing the appropriate thromboprophylaxis (e.g. medicines and/or compression stockings) for them early in their hospital admission reduces their risk of developing a blood clot. 

COVID-19 is associated with a high risk of VTE among hospitalised patients.

The HSE’s COVID-19 Interim Clinical Guidance - VTE protocol and patient information for acute hospitals is available here. People hospitalised with COVID-19 and other high risk groups should receive a patient alert card.

The HSE’s interim guidance for VTE prevention in people with COVID-19 in community or residential settings is available here.

The HSE Quality Improvement Division and multidisciplinary teams from 27 adult acute public and voluntary hospitals have completed a year-long improvement collaborative. Together, they have achieved a one-third increase in the appropriateness of thromboprophylaxis for their hospital’s in-patients. This will both reduce the risk of blood clots (venous thromboembolism, VTE) and minimise harm and waste associated with unnecessary thromboprophylaxis.

We are delighted to share with you the following documents to assist in achieving improved VTE prevention in hospitals. Please click on the links below to view or download the files.

Preventing VTE Report

 Preventing VTE patient information and posters *

* Developed in partnership with Thrombosis Ireland. Each hospital must follow local purchasing/procurement procedures when engaging with printers for design and printing of alert cards and posters. We worked with Partners in Print (Unit T 7, Maple Avenue, Stillorgan/Sandyford Industrial Park, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland.  Tel: +353 1 830 9216   Fax: +353 1 295 907)  on the design and printing of these documents. 

Preventing VTE Toolkit for hospitals

Preventing VTE in Community or Residential Settings

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