Hospitals told to assess all patients for blood clot risk - Guardian
"Hospitals were yesterday ordered to assess every patient on admission to hospital for their risk of developing deadly blood clots, in an attempt to prevent the 25,000 deaths a year from clots.
The risk of developing a fatal blood clot rises eightfold when people are admitted to hospital and doctors could prevent many of the deaths if they were on the look out for those most at risk, according to a high level report ordered by the chief medical officer.
Ministers immediately backed the plans.
Hospital staff should assess each patient for risks - including age, immobility or if they are on certain medications including the pill. Those most at risk should be routinely prescribed prophylactics, the report says.
Blood clots in the veins, known as Venousthromboembolism (VTE), are responsible for more deaths in the UK a year than breast cancers, road traffic accidents and Aids put together.
They include the most serious, deep vein thrombosis, and 50,000 a year die - half in hospital, where immobility and some surgical procedures increase the risk."
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