Improving the investigation of suspected deep vein thrombosis in the Emergency Department

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It was recognised that the Emergency Department was unaware of the latest guidance and demonstrated that it was often over and inadequately investigating suspected deep vein thromboses, unnecessarily using resources and putting patients at risk.

To address this, a new investigation pathway and proforma were introduced into the department. It was placed onto the Trust website and incorporated into the departmental induction for new staff and trainees.

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