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University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

UH Birmingham praised on VTE

RESEARCH: University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust has been named an “exemplar centre” for venous thromboembolism in recognition of its work on blood clot prevention.

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The NHS VTE Exemplar Centre Network inspected the trust’s management of VTE on 12 July.

A subsequent report found “the commitment to VTE prevention as well as the quality of VTE services was highly impressive”.

Dr Dave Rosser, trust medical director, said: “This award is a well-deserved credit to [consultant haematologist Dr Will] Lester and his colleagues but it also sends a reassuring message to our patients who can be confident they will receive the best risk assessment and treatments whilst in our care.

“Many trusts have to rely on paper-based assessment for the risk of VTE but we have been using an electronic risk assessment tool within our in-house developed prescribing information and communication system since June 2008, for all admitted patients.

“As a result, we have achieved a VTE risk assessment completion rate of at least 98% since September 2010, against the national average of 91%.”

Work to improve VTE risk assessment at the trust is ongoing through a programme of education for junior doctors, a revised e-learning tool for nursing staff and the introduction of a new type of compression stocking.

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