NICE guideline on blood clot prevention – 27 January 2010

Posted on January 28, 2010. Filed under: Surgery | Tags: , , , |

2010/006 New NICE guideline on blood clot prevention will help save thousands of lives

“Thousands of lives could be saved with the help of a new guideline on preventing blood clots in hospital patients, published today (Wednesday 27 January) by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).  The guideline focuses on reducing the risk of deep vein thrombosis (blood clots blocking veins, also commonly known as DVT) in patients admitted to hospital.  If a blood clot breaks away it may travel to the lungs and cause a blockage – a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism.   Venous thromboembolism (VTE) covers both DVT and its possible consequence pulmonary embolism – the guideline sets out simple steps to help prevent VTE and therefore help save lives.

An estimated 25,000 people who are admitted to hospital die from preventable venous thromboembolism each year.  The NICE guideline, jointly developed with the National Clinical Guideline Centre for Acute and Chronic Conditions, recommends that all patients should be assessed for risk of developing blood clots on admission to hospital, and then given preventative treatment that suits their individual needs. Options include blood-thinning drugs such as heparin, anti-embolism stockings and foot impulse or pneumatic devices.  Importantly, this advice covers all patients admitted to hospital – including those having day-case procedures – and not just those patients having surgery.”

See the NICE VTE guideline

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