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Trusts to act on blood clots advice

26th September 2008

Hospital trusts are being urged to adopt new guidelines published by the Department of Health designed to prevent blood clots.

While the guidance is not compulsory, it includes a checklist for health professionals and follows concerns that trusts are not doing enough to screen patients for venous thromboembolism, despite a letter sent out in April 2007 by chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson highlighting advice on preventing the condition. It is believed that blood clots that kill up to 25,000 people a year.

 

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