Patients at risk for blood clots are not receiving recommended treatment

10 agosto 2015

Venous thromboembolism, encompassing blood clots in leg veins or clots that travel to the lungs, is the most common cause of preventable death in hospital settings. While these clots can be prevented by VTE prophylaxis, which reduces mortality by as much as 80 percent, it is not universally prescribed for high-risk patients. Researchers found that even after educating healthcare providers about the need for VTE prophylaxis, significant numbers of patients did not receive the recommended treatment.