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CPD1h 25m of CPD
Total Rating(s)18
First Published
Updated02 November 2017
Expires 29 November 2018

Course Overview

This Course will provide a comprehensive overview of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of venous thromboembolism in accordance with national guidelines.

Topics include:

  • The aetiology and epidemiology of VTEs
  • Pathophysiology
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Pulmonary embolism (PE)
  • Prophylaxis
  • Nursing assessment and management
  • Patient education

Target audience

All healthcare professionals, but especially those practicing in the following fields: community, general practice, accident and emergency care.


To enhance knowledge about the prevention and care of a person at risk of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE).


Every year, over 30,000 Australians will be hospitalised due to venous thromboembolism and, of those, around 5,000 will die. The prevention, diagnosis and management of VTE has been identified as a national health priority by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHRMC), and this VLA has been developed using national best practices guidelines for everyday clinical practice for the management of VTE and those at risk of VTE. Nurses are in a unique position to implement strategies that will make a significant contribution to reducing the morbidity and mortality associated with VTE.

Health professionals in Australia that are registered with AHPRA are required to obtain continuing professional development (CPD) hours/points each year that relates to their context of practice, in order to comply with mandatory regulatory requirements.

Learning Outcomes
  • Explain the role of nurses in identifying a VTE
  • Describe the aetiology and pathophysiology of a VTE in detail
  • Describe the appropriate nursing actions to prevent, identify and manage a VTE

The presenter and all members of the planning team have disclosed that they have no relevant financial commercial relationships to products or devices related to the content of this educational activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medication have been used. Courses include expert peer reviews of the content where applicable.

  • Video Recording Completed: 01/11/2012
  • Video Recording Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Course First Published: 03/11/2017
  • Course Reviewed: N/A
  • Course Republished: N/A
  • Course Expiry Date: 30/11/2018
  • Corrections / changes made: N/A

This CPD/CNE activity will expire on 30/11/2018 after which CPD/CNE hours will not be valid.


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Darren Wake

Peripatetic and always intellectually restless, Darren Wake has pursued varied careers in journalism, media production, academic philosophy and nursing. As a nurse, he worked in the speciality areas of critical care, community care, remote area healthcare and education. As a formally qualified academic philosopher Darren taught undergraduate units in law and ethics in healthcare, although his principle research focus revolved around logic and the philosophy of language. Darren’s media production output can be found scattered about the Ausmed website and in his long forgotten days as a word monkey, he wrote for European publications such as The Scotsman, The Great Outdoors, Country Walking and The Times. In 2014 Darren consulted to the Department of Health for the development of Consumer Directed Care policy and guidelines for remote area communities in the Northern Territory. These days he is the managing editor of a small independent publishing company based in the United Kingdom, and lives in Tasmania. In his spare time, Darren is currently studying a formal course in celestial navigation, just in case the inevitable zombie apocalypse messes with the world’s GPS satellite system. See Educator Profile

CPD1h 25m of CPD
Total Rating(s)18
First Published
Updated02 November 2017
Expires 29 November 2018
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18 Total Rating(s)
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Debra Makepeace
07 Nov 2018


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Kathryn Brady
17 Sep 2018

Very thorough in information provided especially visual displays.

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Leeanne O'Leary
11 Sep 2018

This was very informative and I would definitely recommend it to other colleagues.

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13 Aug 2018

Very good

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Naomi James
31 May 2018

A very informative and useful course :)

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Melinda coad
29 May 2018

very informative

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Naomi Johnston
29 May 2018

I found this presentation on DVTs very interesting and feel it feel help me with prevention of DVTs.

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Renea Malazarts
28 May 2018

Very informative

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Nomalanga moyo
25 May 2018

This is a very good topic ,it has lot of information that is useful for all Nurses,l enjoyed the topic.

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Phoebe tsourdalakis
22 May 2018

good info