Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a condition in which a blood clot (thrombus) forms in a vein. Blood flow through the affected vein can be limited by the clot, and may cause swelling and pain.
Venous thrombosis occurs most commonly in the deep veins of the leg or pelvis; this is known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). An embolism occurs if all or a part of the clot breaks off from the site where it forms and travels through the venous system. If the clot lodges in the lung a potentially serious and sometimes fatal condition, pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs.
A high priority is given to keeping our patients safe. One of the areas where work has been successful is in preventing the formation of blood clots which are commonly known as Pulmonary Embolism (PE), Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or venous thromboembolism (VTE).
Staff at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust have led the way in VTE prevention and this was recognised when the Trust was awarded Exemplar status in December 2009. Further information can be found here