Venous Thromboembolism introduction

Clinical Guideline for Primary Prophylaxis for Venous Thromboembolism(VTE) in the palliative care setting

Dr Anna Lock, Dr Nadia Khan and Dr Laura Holtham

Scope of the guideline

This guideline has been produced to support the care of palliative patients with malignancy admitted to a hospice or hospital. It includes:

  • The assessment of those that may be at risk from a venous thromboembolism (VTE)
  • The prevention of the development of VTE

General information


DVT – Deep vein thrombosis
LMWH – Low molecular weight heparin
SPC – Specialist palliative care
VTE – Venous thromboembolism

Disclaimer (SPAGG - Rewrite)

This Guide is intended for use by healthcare professionals and the expectation is that they will use clinical judgement, medical, and nursing knowledge in applying the general principles and recommendations contained within. They are not meant to replace the many available texts on the subject of palliative care.

Some of the management strategies describe the use of drugs outside their licensed indications. They are, however, established and accepted good practice. Please refer to the current BNF for further guidance.

While WMPCPS takes every care to compile accurate information , we cannot guarantee its correctness and completeness and it is subject to change. We do not accept responsibility for any loss, damage or expense resulting from the use of this information.