All patients being admitted into Scottish hospitals should be assessed for blood clots, new guidelines have said.
Pregnant women making appointments for antenatal care should also be checked for risk factors associated with thromboses in the veins, according to guidelines from the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) published today.
Venous thromboembolism - the clinical term for a range of conditions including deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) - is an “escalating” public health problem in Scotland, according to health experts.
Around one in 1,000 people show clinical symptoms of the disease every year and there is a wide range of risk factors, including the increasing age of the population.
The new guidelines, produced under the aegis of the NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS), aim to correct inconsistencies in diagnosis and better prevent and manage the condition across Scotland.
Professor Mike Greaves, professor of haematology at the University of Aberdeen, said: “Implementing this guideline should ensure that lives are saved and the NHS in Scotland is prepared for the expected increase in the prevalence of this condition.”