Six key points from the new VTE prevention standards
A new clinical care standard for venous thromboembolism prevention has been released for consultation by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.
While primarily designed for hospitalised patients, the standard also extends to a patients discharged to the care of their GP.
Here are six of the key points:
1. Assess VTE risk based on factors such as reduction of mobility, dehydration, cancer treatment, use of hormone therapy and obesity.
2. Balance the risk of VTE against risk of bleeding based on factors