Hospital-acquired blood clots

In 2005, a Houseof Commons Health Committee reportstated that every year in England an estimated 25,000 deaths occur as a result of hospital-acquired VTE.

The report also stated that the estimated number of deaths due to VTE, "is more than the combined total of deaths from breast cancer, AIDS and traffic accidents, and more than 25 times the number who die from MRSA ".

The government recognises that deaths from hospital blood clots are preventable and has recommended that all patients admitted to hospital should beassessed for their risk of developing blood clots, and measures to reduce this risk should be taken when appropriate.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018