Course Overview


Could you recognise the signs that a person may be experiencing a DVT? Are you confident that your assessment skills would identify a PE? Begin this Course to find out:

Learning Outcomes

  • People in your care who are at risk of DVT/PE will receive correct evidence-based information about prevention.
  • A person in your care, who manifests signs and symptoms of clot pathology with be rapidly assessed and appropriate treatment initiated.
  • More in-depth knowledge of the Clotting Cascade will support the best-practice use of anticoagulant medicines and reduce the likelihood of unwanted effects.
  • Correlate treatment and management principles to clinical practice to improve patient outcomes.

Topics Include

  • How does the blood clot?
  • What physical signs may indicate a DVT or PE?
  • What comes after assessment?
  • What are common interventions for the treatment and management of VTE?

Target Audience

All health professionals will gain confidence from undertaking this Course, given the prevalence of and harm associated with VTE.


The purpose of this Course is to provide nurses with education relating to venous thromboembolism in order to assist in the prevention of disability and premature death.


Venous thromboembolism is a serious, potentially life-threatening, clinical condition that must be immediately recognised and assessed if patient outcomes are to be satisfactory. Although there is a widespread awareness of the risk that blood clots may develop, this may not actually translate to being familiar with the exact signs and symptoms. This Course will provide the learner with an opportunity to understand how to perform a detailed assessment for DVT and PE so that a clinician can recognise VTE and initiate appropriate management.