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Prevention of venous thromboembolism in patients undergoing surgery

VOL: 103, ISSUE: 18, PAGE NO: 23NICE has published new guidance to tackle the problem of venous thromboembolism (VTE: deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism) in surgical patients. The guidance covers all patients aged 18 and over who are admitted to hospital for surgery requiring an overnight stay and focuses on procedures that carry a high risk of VTE (NICE, 2007). This follows a recent report from the Department of Health on the prevention of VTE in hospitalised patients, ...

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