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Hospitals should screen for DVT

27th January 2010

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has released guidance which says all hospitals should screen patients for blood clots in their legs.

Annually 25,000 people die from the condition, known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Trusts could potentially hold back budget from those hospitals which do not screen at least 90% of their patients. Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson said: "The Department of Health is prioritising the prevention of venous thromboembolism across the NHS. I welcome this clear advice from NICE and would expect hospitals to implement it. It aims to save lives and reduce risks for patients."

 

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Article Information

Title: Hospitals should screen for DVT
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 13897
Date Added: 27th Jan 2010

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