Clinical care standard indicators: venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention
Indicator Set Attributes
Identifying and definitional attributes
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The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has produced these indicators to assist with local implementation of the Venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention clinical care standard (ACSQHC 2018).
The VTE prevention clinical care standard relates to the care that patients aged 18 years and over should receive to reduce their risk of developing hospital-acquired VTE, both in hospital and following discharge. It applies to patients who are:
The VTE prevention clinical care standard is relevant to:
A clinical care standard is a small number of quality statements that describe the clinical care that a patient should be offered for a specific clinical condition. The indicators included in this specification are each intended for local monitoring of compliance with a quality statement and are numbered accordingly. The quality statements that are included in the VTE prevention clinical care standard are as follows:
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Venous thromboembolism prevention clinical care standard indicators: Proportion of patients admitted to hospital assessed for venous thromboembolism risk within 24 hours of admission
Venous thromboembolism prevention clinical care standard indicators: Proportion of patients prescribed appropriate venous thromboembolism prophylaxis
Venous thromboembolism prevention clinical care standard indicators: Proportion of patients separated from hospital on venous thromboembolism prophylaxis with a care plan documenting prescribed medicine(s), dose, and duration of treatment
Collection and usage attributes
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This indicator specification has been developed to assist with the local implementation of the VTE prevention clinical care standard (ACSQHC 2018). These indicators are intended for local use by specialists, hospitals and local hospital networks. There are no benchmarks set for any of the indicators in this specification. For all indicators, health service providers using the indicators can monitor their own results over time or compare them with those from other providers, with whom they have made such arrangements.
Most of the data required by the indicator specifications cannot be sourced from routine collections. Local health services will need to conduct prospective collections or retrospective medical records audits of all patients who are at risk of developing VTE, for a specific time period. The time frame over which data are collected, or sourced from medical records, will be guided by the expected sample size. Samples need to be large enough to identify a change in compliance with the quality statement that is deemed meaningful between audit periods. This will vary by indicator.
Monitoring the implementation of the VTE prevention clinical care standard will assist in meeting some of the requirements of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards (ACSQHC 2012).
Source and reference attributes
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
ACSQHC (Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care) 2012. National Safety
ACSQHC (Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care) 2018. Venous thromboembolism prevention clinical care standard. Sydney: ACSQHC.