Outpatient investigation of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in pregnant women attending PRM (COVID-19)

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Key features:

  • Ensure robust system for scans being appointed & patients receiving details – with fail safe to check
  • Ensure robust system for medical review of scan results & ensure patients receive correct management thereafter.
  • If delays in receiving results then will need to develop system allowing patients to go home after scan & be phoned with result once available. This would need to be robust. This may be less problematic for leg Doppler results but may be necessary for V/Q scans if these are only reported at end of afternoon – don’t want patient sitting in daycare all day waiting for result. For negative results this is less of an issue as patients will be discontinuing clexane treatment although small number of patients will require repeat scan booking. For positive results: patients will be required to return to hospital in order to receive on-going treatment.

NOTE: this guideline is hosted on the NHSGGC Obstetrics & Gynaecology Handbook website. Clicking on the link below will open the guideline in a new window.


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