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Millions 'at risk of DVT on hospital wards'

24th November 2010

The all-party Parliamentary Thrombosis Group has claimed that up to eight million people a year are being put at risk of blood clots in hospital because they are missing out on life-saving measures.

These include preventive drugs and compression stockings for DVT but the MPs found that only one in ten acute trusts is assessing 80% of patients at risk, which is still short of best practice levels. Figures presented to MPs show that the average rate of risk assessment is only 37% despite NHS guidelines requiring hospitals to provide preventive measures where necessary.


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