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Who is this learning for?

This learning area has been primarily developed for student nurses, registered nurses, registered midwives and health care assistants who may be routinely dealing with patients at risk of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE). Student and registered nurses will also find this learning opportunity relevant for updating their own awareness of VTE, how it develops and how it can be prevented. Registered nurses and midwives may also wish to use this material to raise the awareness of colleagues for whom they have responsibility.

This learning opportunity is based on the NICE guideline, 'Venous thromboembolism: reducing the risk' and focuses primarily on understanding and preventing VTE, identifying patients at risk and includes an in-depth look at VTE risk assessments.

The RCN wishes to acknowledge and thank the Department of Health's e-Learning for Healthcare for granting permission to reproduce the videos in this learning resource.

Learning outcomes

After completing all the sections in this learning area, the learner should be able to:

Principles of Nursing Practice

The eight Principles of Nursing Practice can be applied to this learning resource however, the principles that feature most predominantly are:

These principles provide a useful framework for writing a reflective record of your learning. You may also think of ways you can draw on the remaining principles based on your own clinical experience and observations.

Relevant KSF dimensions

Development Team

This learning area was developed by Marisa McGreevy
The interactions and animations were created by John Heseltine BA(Hons)


Thanks to the following people for their review of the materials in this learning area:

Development/Review Dates

Published: October 2010
Last review date: May 2013
Next review due: December 2014