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Deaths from DVT 'unnecessary'

19th November 2007

MPs have said that failure to check for blood clots in hospitals could have caused the deaths of almost 11,000 patients.

The All-Party parliamentary Thrombosis Group's report showed that only 32% of trusts were checking for deep vein thrombosis (DVT). In April, the government said that all patients in England needed to be examined in order to determine their risk of the condition.

The report speculated that deaths from blood clots over the past seven months could be three times as high as those from superbugs such as MRSA and 10% of all hospital deaths might be caused by DVT.


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