Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prevention : Pregnant and post partum women


Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) is a leading cause of maternal deaths in the developed world accounting for 3.2% of maternal deaths worldwide and 9.5% of maternal deaths in Australia. While the risk of VTE has been found to be greater during the post-partum than the antenatal period, many VTEs still occur in the first trimester.

Evidence suggests that all pregnant and post-partum women will benefit from VTE risk assessment and prescription of appropriate prophylaxis throughout their patient journey. This includes at:

  • the first antenatal review and/or booking
  • hospital admission for a non-pregnancy related complaint
  • hospital admission for a pregnancy-related complaint
  • the time immediately after birth (post-partum).

For further information Visit - NSW Health Patient Safety Programs – VTE prevention/maternity

Information includes: assessing VTE risk, education and training and information for women and their families.