Putting It All Together

Fig 1 summarises the discussion related to risk stratification, D-dimer usage and USS imaging and demonstrates a NICE-compliant diagnostic pathway for the investigation of patients presenting with suspected DVT.

Fig 1

Increasingly local trusts will have developed an ambulatory care pathway for these patients where any patient with a suspected DVT will be sent to a one-stop clinic with easy access to blood tests, ultrasound and treatment.