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Travellers should be warned of thrombosis risk

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 25 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1310
  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. BMJ

    Air travellers should in future be given a health briefing at the beginning of their flight, just as they are now given a talk on safety, a report from the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology said this week.

    The report, drawn up by a subcommittee chaired by Baroness Wilcox, criticises the government, regulators, and the industry for “failing to give sufficient active attention to health.” It also said that the condition associated with the most feared health consequence of flying—deep vein thrombosis—is present not only in air travel. Prolonged immobility and cramped seating are present in many forms of travel, it said.

    It is …

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