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How can blood clots be prevented in hospitalised patients?

Leading expert in thrombosis and acquired bleeding disorders Professor Beverley Hunt OBE explains what healthcare professionals can do to combat the risk of blood clots in hospitalised patients and improve outcomes.  

Hospital patients are at a significant risk of suffering from blood clotting. In fact, being admitted to hospital with an illness carries a 15% chance of developing detectable Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) if there are no preventative measures taken after 14 days.1 Indeed, without these preventive measures, there would be around 25,000 deaths a year in the UK due to hospital acquired blood clots.2 Patients who have recently been discharged from hospital are also at increased risk, with up to 60% of all venous thromboembolism (VTE) cases occurring during or within 90 days of hospitalisation.3 In this article, we speak


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