Venous thromboembolism (VTE) and is a condition where a blood clot forms in a vein, most commonly in a leg vein but can also form in the lungs. VTE assessment, or thrombosis calculators, use a form of evaluation to find out the risk of developing this condition.
At the Rotunda Hospital, Ireland, in 2014 VTE was the leading cause of direct maternal death. Many of these deaths may have been prevented if VTE risk assessment had been performed and appropriate medication prescribed. In conjunction with the Rotunda, MEG developed and implement a user-friendly electronic VTE risk assessment tool for use in women after delivery, aimed at increasing the number of women who undergo formal VTE risk assessment and thereby improve the prevention of VTE.
The midwives and nursing staff of the Rotunda Hospital, who have incorporated this risk assessment tool as part of their standard of care, have been instrumental to the successful implementation of a successful VTE preventative strategy.
Our award winning ‘Thrombocalc’ has provided an easy to use and highly effective mechanism for rapid, accurate assessment of individual postnatal risk.