The CEC has identified the need to standardise education and training for VTE prevention for clinical staff. An eLearning module is in development to address this deficit.

Education & Training Resources

To assist facilities with providing education to clinicians on VTE risk assessment and prevention, two PowerPoint presentation have been developed. The first presentation provides an explanation of VTE risk assessment and prevention processes while the second presentation provides more detailed information on how to use the CEC’s Adult Inpatient VTE Risk Assessment Tool.

There is also an online HETI module now available to help clinicians understand and use the electronic VTE Risk Assessment Tool. You can access the module via HETI’s My Health Learning by searching the course code 212082420 or by searching ‘VTE’.

These can be used during JMO Orientation, Ward/Unit training sessions, or refresher sessions. The resources can be used for a range of clinicians, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists or allied health. They can be adapted (with acknowledgment).

The VTE prophylaxis section of the NIMC, prompts clinicians to conduct a VTE risk assessment. Local policy should indicate responsibility for completing this section of the chart. The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare has developed a variety of educational resources on using the VTE prophylaxis section including a PowerPoint presentation, poster and brochure.

Posters for Staff

Raising awareness amongst clinicians also assists in education and training. A number of posters have been developed to support this. These posters can be displayed in clinical areas to raise awareness of the preventable nature of VTE and prompt clinicians to think about the need to risk assess patients.