Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hospitals Are Worst for Clots

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hospitals Are Worst for Clots

Article excerpt

THE launch of a new tablet to prevent blood clots in hospital patientscould end up saving thousands of lives.

Not because Pradaxa is any more effective than existing injection treatments(albeit much more convenient), but because the publicity surrounding its launchis bound to highlight just how many people die unnecessarily from blood clotsin British hospitals.

Much has been made of the link between deep vein thromboses (DVT) and airtravel, but airline passengers account for only a tiny fraction of the 30,000or so people who die from the condition every year in the UK.

Hospitals are far more dangerousat least 25,000 DVT-related deaths occur in in-patients, or within a few weeksof discharge.

Forget MRSA and C.difficile; it is deep vein thrombosis that should reallyconcern people using the NHS.

Studies suggest that as many as one in three surgical patients risk developingDVT unless specific preventative measures are taken. …

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