Reducing the risk of blood clots in hospital patients

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Patients in hospital are at risk of developing potentially fatal blood clots (venous thromboembolism, VTE). NICE Guidance estimates that VTE causes around 25,000 deaths annually in England’s hospitals. With the correct treatment up to 60% of these deaths can be avoided.

Treating long-term disabilities caused by non-fatal VTE costs the NHS £640 million each year.

The impact on the lives of those who develop VTE is considerable, with an increased risk of developing further clots. VTE causes pain, discomfort and disruption to home/work life through increased hospital stay, follow-up appointments and regular blood tests.

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