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Venous thromboembolism caused 25 000 deaths a year, say MPs

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 10 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:559
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. London

Blood clots that develop while patients are in hospital cause deaths on a far larger scale than does methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), but the extent of the problem is largely unrecognised by doctors, MPs said this week.

In a critical report on the prevention of venous thromboembolism, the health select committee said the condition killed more than 25 000 patients in England each year, more than the combined deaths from breast cancer, AIDS, and road traffic injuries and more than 25 times the number of deaths from MRSA.

However, although many of the deaths from venous thromboembolism are preventable through cheap and effective drug treatment, …

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