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Useful resources

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These resources are available for RCN members to borrow from RCN Library and Heritage Centre.

Blann A (2009) Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism: a guide for practitioners, Keswick: M & K Update Ltd. E-book available for RCN members to access online

British Committee for Standards in Haematology (2011) Guideline on the investigation, management and prevention of venous thrombosis in children (PDF 256KB), Manchester: BCSH.

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (2012) Venous thromboembolic disease: the management of venous thromboembolic diseases and the role of thrombophilia testing, Manchester: NICE (clinical guideline 144).

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (2010) Venous thromboembolism: reducing the risk, London: NICE (clinical guideline 92). Available online.

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (2010) Prevention and management of venous thromboembolism: a national guideline, Edinburgh: SIGN.

Welch E (2010) Venous thromboembolism: a nurse's guide to prevention and management, Chichester: Wiley. Available to borrow from RCN UK Library for RCN members.

Journal articles

Full text articles are available to RCN members to access online.

Bennett-Day Sarah (2011) Universal risk assessments to guide use of thromboprophylaxis, British Journal of Midwifery, 19 (12), December, pp. 778-785.

Gee E and Bonner L (2012) Collaborative working to reduce VTE, Nursing Times, 108 (36), 4 March, pp. 24-26.

Inniss L (2011) Venous thromboembolism: reducing the risk, Emergency Nurse, 19 (5), September, pp. 20-23.

Linden B (2011) SIGN guideline on venous thromboembolism, British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 6 (7), July, pp.342-344.

Smith K Preventing venous thromboembolism, Nursing Management, 18 (3), June, pp.12-17.

Lyons R (2012) Treating venous thromboembolic events in the pediatric population, Nurse Practitioner, 37 (3), March, pp.47-52.


National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE): Venous thromboembolism - reducing the risk

Lifeblood: The Thrombosis Charity

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network: SIGN

Coalition to prevent VTE

Neo-slip website: information about a student nurse's award winning invention of a slippery inner sock that makes it much easier for patients to put on their anti-embolism stockings, increasing compliance and thus effectiveness of this method of VTE prevention.

RCN website: Nursing practice issues - Principles of Nursing Practice