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Action to reduce incidence of venous thromboembolism

VOL: 101, ISSUE: 33, PAGE NO: 26There has been considerable concern in recent years about the incidence of travel-associated deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and contraceptive pill-related DVT (National Prescribing Centre, 2003). However, more recently concern has been expressed that 25,000-32,000 people in England each year contract a fatal venous thromboembolism (VTE) while in hospital (House of Commons Health Committee, 2005).

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