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VTE in over 16s: reducing the risk of hospital-acquired DVT or PE

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Last updated:12th Aug 2019

This guideline covers assessing and reducing the risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE or blood clots) and deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in people aged 16 and over in hospital. It aims to help healthcare professionals identify people most at risk and describes interventions that can be used to reduce the risk of VTE.

In August 2019, we amended our recommendation on mechanical VTE prophylaxis for people with spinal injury to clarify when anti-embolism stockings can be used.

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