VTE exemplar centre criteria
Checklist for organisations considering making an application to become a VTE Exemplar CEntre
NHS England values clinical audit as “a way to find out if health care is being provided in line with standards, letting care providers and patients know where their service is doing well, and where there could be improvements.” (NHS England 2018)
NHS Standard Contract VTE audit requirements
The current NHS Standard Contract (NHS Standard Contract 2017/19 and 2018/19 Service Conditions (Full Length) May 2018 edition) outlines on page 21 (SC22 Venous Thromboembolism) the requirements for VTE related audit. These are;
- Compliance with NICE guidance for VTE prevention. Assurance of compliance can only be achieved via audit.
- Service users risk of VTE and the percentage of patients who receive appropriate thromboprophylaxis.
Results of audits should be reported to the relevant commissioners.
VTE Prevention Audits
Aside from the required national data collection for VTE risk assessment, Exemplar Centres are required to audit;
- % of patients receiving appropriate thromboprophylaxis
- % patients receiving written information on admission and discharge
Results of audits of VTE prevention practice have been published and have often been used to drive quality improvement programs.
A Multidisciplinary Approach To Venous Thromboembolism Prevention In Hospital Patients
Risk assessment for Venous Thromboembolism (VTE)
C & W Appropriate Use and Understanding of Mechanical Thromboprophylaxis
Appropriate Use and Understanding of Mechanical Thromboprophylaxis for Adult Surgical Inpatients
C & W Pharmacological and Mechanical Thromboprophylaxis in arthroplasty
Pharmacological and Mechanical Thromboprophylaxis in a Cohort of Adult Arthroplasty Patients at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
KCH Improving VTE prevention and anticoagulation through a link nurse network
Empowering a link practitioner network to enhance venous thromboembolism prevention and anticoagulation care
Plymouth The impact of link nurse activity
The Impact of Link Nurse Activity to improve Venous Thromboembolism prevention and outcomes in Neurosurgery
Southampton-Weight based thromboprophylaxis dosing
Improving compliance with weight based dosing of VTE prophylaxis in patients at extremes of body weight