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.
We are delighted to share with you the following documents to assist in achieving improved VTE prevention in hospitals. These were developed following the VTE prevention improvement collaborative, where teams from 27 acute hospitals worked with the HSE Quality Improvement Division (now National Quality & Patient Safety Directorate). Please click on the links below to view or download the files.
Preventing VTE Report
Preventing VTE patient information and posters *
- Patient Alert card. Approved translations of the VTE Alert Card are also available in 17 different languages, including Polish and Portuguese. These are available here
- Poster - Ask for alert card
- Poster - Blood clots: Am I at risk?
- Booklet - Blood clots: Am I at risk?
* 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
- National guidance and the national VTE Prevention Protocol for In-Patients aged 16 or Over with COVID-19 or Medical Conditions
- Sample pre-printed prescription
- How to carry out a quality improvement project to reduce hospital-acquired VTE
- Measurement guide
- Data collection form
- Excel spreadsheet
- Plan-Do-Study-Act form
Preventing VTE in Community or Residential Settings
HSE Interim guidance VTE prevention in people with COVID-19 in community or residential settings (CD19-176 / 25.05.20)