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Trusts ignoring VTE guidance

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Many hospitalised patients may be at increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) because trusts are not adhering to guidelines on the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE), an audit suggests.

Recommendations from the Chief Medical Officer for England and NICE guidance on VTE prevention both recommend that every hospitalised patient have a VTE risk assessment performed on admission.

Yet an audit report by the All-Party Parliamentary Thrombosis Group (APPTG), published last week, found only 32% of the 140 acute trusts in England carried out the mandatory assessments.

The authors said failure to implement the guidance may have resulted in the deaths of nearly 11,000 hospital patients from DVT in the last seven months, nearly three times the number of deaths from MRSA.

Read more in next week’s NT

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