ESA Guideline on prevention of venous thromboembolism in anaesthesia and intensive care

Everything about VTE guidelines currently refers to the excellent ACCP (American College of Chest Physicians) recommendations which are considered to be a reference worldwide. The ESA Guidelines on perioperative venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis aim to promote for the first time an independent European prospective.

The task-force includes six ESA members and some representatives from major European societies on orthopaedics, general surgery, gynaecology and obstetrics, medical intensive care and haemostasis and thrombosis.

The recommendations will deal with perioperative (pre-, per- and post-) VTE prophylaxis, including the ICU. The GRADE method will be used for the grading.

At the end of the process, it is expected that the different participating bodies will endorse the guidelines.



Charles Marc Samama


Aamer Ahmed Member
Arash Afshari Member
David Faraoni Member
Sibylle Kozek-Langenecker   Member
Juan Llau Member
Walter Ageno International Society on Thrombosis and Hemostasis (ISTH) 
Jacques Duranteau European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM)
Jacky Nizard
European Board of Colleges of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (EBCOG)
Jakob Stensballe Network for the Advancement of Patient Blood Management, Haemostasis and Thrombosis (NATA)
Linas Venclauskas European Digestive Surgery (EDS)
Eleftherios Tsiridis
European Hip Society (EHS)
Emmanuel Thienpont European Knee Society (EKS)
Karin Plass European Association of Urology (EAU)