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Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in hospitalised patients. Thromboprophylaxis is an effective strategy for VTE prevention in high-risk patients. An initial audit in our district general hospital trust showed poor adherence to the thromboembolic risk factors consensus group recommendations and so a risk assessment form (RAF) was devised. We present repeated audits to assess the RAF uptake and its effects on VTE thromboprophylaxis. We also present data analysing perceptions among doctors of the RAF and reasons for its poor completion. We provide compelling evidence that the RAF is an invaluable tool in the assessment of VTE thromboprophylaxis.

Original publication

DOI

10.1111/j.1742-1241.2005.00525.x

Type

Journal article

Journal

Int J Clin Pract

Publication Date

05/2005

Volume

59

Pages

605 - 611

Keywords

Anticoagulants, Emergencies, Hospitalization, Humans, Medical Audit, Patient Selection, Prospective Studies, Retrospective Studies, Risk Assessment, Single-Blind Method, Thromboembolism