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Clinical pathways
East and North Hertfordshire
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Clinical Pathways
Community DVT Assessment, Diagnosis and Initial Management PathwayDeep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) | Suspected

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

Adults with a suspected DVT, in the absence of any of the following features, can be referred to Herts Community Trust Prevention of Admission service for assessment, diagnosis and initial management.

  • ​Pregnancy / breastfeeding / less than 6 weeks post-partum
  • Age <18
  • Symptoms of PE
  • Suspected DVT in arm
  • Medically unstable (e.g. tachycardic / low sats)
  • Severe renal (CrCl<15) or liver impairment
  • Active cancer within 6 months
  • On contra-indicated drugs
  • Active or potential bleeding lesion / risk (e.g. GI ulceration; oesophageal varicies; bleeding disorder; recent brain, head or spinal injury; major surgery within previous 3 days)
  • Antiphospholipid syndrome
  • Uncontrolled severe arterial HTN (>180 mmHg systolic or >110mmHg diastolic)
  • Weight <50kg or >120kg
  • Already on therapeutic anticoagulation
  • Complex underlying cause for thrombosis
  • Anticipated compliance problem, even with help (e.g. drug or alcohol abuse, severe mental health issues)

If any of the features above are present, please refer to ambulatory care.

The HCT POA service accepts new referrals 8am - 6pm Monday - Sunday. Tel. 0300 123 7571. Outside these hours, please refer to ambulatory care.