Venous Thromboembolism

1h 25m
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CPD1h 25m of CPD
First Published
Updated02 November 2017
Expires 29 November 2018

Course Overview

This Course will provide a comprehensive overview of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of venous thromboembolism in accordance with national guidelines.

Topics include:

  • The aetiology and epidemiology of VTEs
  • Pathophysiology
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Pulmonary embolism (PE)
  • Prophylaxis
  • Nursing assessment and management
  • Patient education

Target audience

All healthcare professionals, but especially those practicing in the following fields: community, general practice, accident and emergency care.


To enhance knowledge about the prevention and care of a person at risk of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE).


Every year, over 30,000 Australians will be hospitalised due to venous thromboembolism and, of those, around 5,000 will die. The prevention, diagnosis and management of VTE has been identified as a national health priority by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHRMC), and this VLA has been developed using national best practices guidelines for everyday clinical practice for the management of VTE and those at risk of VTE. Nurses are in a unique position to implement strategies that will make a significant contribution to reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with VTE.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

Learning Outcomes
  • Explain the role of nurses in identifying a VTE
  • Describe the aetiology and pathophysiology of a VTE in detail
  • Describe the appropriate nursing actions to prevent, identify and manage a VTE

The presenter and all members of the planning team have disclosed that they have no relevant financial commercial relationships to products or devices related to the content of this educational activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medication have been used. Courses include expert peer reviews of the content where applicable.

  • Video Recording Completed: 01/11/2012
  • Video Recording Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Course First Published: 03/11/2017
  • Course Reviewed: N/A
  • Course Republished: N/A
  • Course Expiry Date: 30/11/2018
  • Corrections / changes made: N/A

This CPD/CNE activity will expire on 30/11/2018 after which CPD/CNE hours will not be valid.

CPD1h 25m of CPD
First Published
Updated02 November 2017
29 November 2018
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