VTE – venous thromboembolism or blood clot

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention in hospitalised patients is widely recognised internationally as an ongoing opportunity to improve patient safety.

Effective risk assessment and appropriate thromboprophylaxis (treatment to prevent a clot from forming) can reduce the occurrence of VTE.
Waikato DHB is developing an organisational approach to VTE risk assessment and promoting self–awareness of risk factors within our patient population.
The aim is to try to prevent our patients getting a VTE while in our hospitals.

A blood clot, mostly in the leg or lungs can happen to anyone at any age, and is called a venous thromboembolism.
Some people do not have any warning signs or symptoms so it is important for everyone to know the risk factors, signs and to know that certain events or situations can trigger the formation of a blood clot.

Main triggers of blood clots

Contributing factors include general ill health, malignancy, and poor fluid intake. 

More information for patients and healthcare staff is available at www.worldthrombosisday.org(external link)