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NICE care - Preventing venous thromboembolism

As pointed out in the the House of Commons Health Select Committee Report (2005) each year in the UK, venous thromboembolism (VTE) causes approximately 25,000 deaths in hospitalised patients. VTE risk assessment and appropriate thromboprophylaxis can reduce this figure.

This is more than the combined total number of deaths from breast cancer, AIDS and traffic accidents, and more than 25 times the number who die from MRSA.

The figures are alarmingly high. All of these deaths are preventable and yet despite safe, efficacious and cost effective methods of preventing VTE, thromboprophylaxis is still not being as widely administered as it should be.

Explore this learning opportunity to find out how you can contribute to the prevention of hospital-acquired VTE.