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Hospital patients should be assessed for risk of thromboembolism

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39196.475810.DB (Published 26 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:868
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Every hospital patient should be assessed for their risk of developing venous thromboembolism (VTE), an expert working group has recommended to the Department of Health in England.

    The latest figures show that about 30 000 people die from venous thromboembolism a year in English hospitals. The government set up the expert working group to explore how best practice and guidance could be promoted and implemented to reduce the risk of venous thromboembolism.

    The group recommends a mandatory documented assessment of the risk of the …

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