The assessment and management of venous thromboembolism
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The assessment and management of venous thromboembolism

Ellen Welch Senior house officer, Nelson Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand

This article examines venous thromboembolism (VTE) and offers guidance on its prevention. VTE is a potentially fatal condition, which can be prevented using both pharmacological and mechanical methods. Nursing staff should be aware of the risk factors that predispose patients to venous thromboembolism and ensure that high-risk patients receive the prophylaxis they require.

Nursing Standard. 20, 28,58-64. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.03.20.28.58.c4102

Correspondence

welchellen@yahoo.co.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review