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Patients assessed for blood clots

19th April 2007

The Chief Medical Officer has advised that hospital patients should be assessed in order to calculate their risk of blood clots.

In 2005, the Commons Health Committee raised the subject of the prevention of blood clots for NHS patients. Experts have estimated that up to 10% of hospital deaths may be caused by venous thromboembolisms (VTE), but two-thirds of those at risk are not treated. 25,000 patients in England die from VTE every year. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is due to release guidance relating to the issue this week.

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