Press release

VTE Risk Assessment Data Collection – April to June 2011

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The 4th quarterly statistics on Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Risk Assessment, produced by the Department of Health have been released.

The fourth quarterly statistics on Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Risk Assessment in England, produced by the Department of Health were released on 2 September according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority.

VTE Risk Assessment data collection - 2011-12 QUARTER 1

The key points from the latest release are:
The key results for data collected on the number and proportion of VTE Risk Assessments carried out on adult admissions to NHS funded acute care are as follows:

  • Of the 3.1m adult patients admitted to NHS funded acute care between April to June 2011, as reported in this data collection, 84% of these received a VTE risk assessment on admission, an increase compared to Q4 2010-11 (81%). 
  • In Q1 2011-12, the proportion of admissions receiving a VTE risk assessment was higher for NHS acute providers (84.1%) than for Independent Sector providers (80.2%). The compliance rate for NHS acute providers is much higher than for other types of providers, so this may have an influence on the performance figures.
  • Between April and June, the proportion of providers who reported that at least half of all adult admissions were risk assessed for VTE increased from 92% to 95%.
  • In June 2011, 131 providers reported that at least 90% of adult admissions were risk assessed for VTE, compared to 18 in July 2010.

The full data tables on VTE risk assessment can be found on the Department of Health website.