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Posted on 27 Oct 2023
Quality/safety improvement

Safer Care Victoria is pleased to share a new Victorian guideline to address venous thromboembolism (VTE) in adult patients in hospital settings. VTE encompasses conditions like deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). It's a leading cause of preventable mortality and morbidity among hospitalised patients, highlighting the critical need for preventive measures.

The new Victorian guideline was developed by an expert working group comprising diverse senior medical clinicians, and provides essential insights and recommendations for VTE prophylaxis. With 50-75 per cent of hospitalised patients having at least one risk factor for VTE, and 40 per cent having 3 or more, this guideline is a crucial tool for our healthcare community. It's designed to minimise the risks and sequelae, including serious conditions like pulmonary hypertension and post-thrombotic syndrome.

We’re very grateful for the invaluable contribution of Victorian health services that shared their existing guidelines to inform our advisory group on current practices. This collaboration exemplifies the dedication to improving patient outcomes and promoting best practices in healthcare.