11,000 Preventable DVT Deaths Each Year

An investigation by MPs has concluded that 11,000 patients are killed each year as a result of the failure of NHS hospitals to implement adequate deep vein thrombosis (DVT) treatment guidelines.

The Parliamentary Thrombus Group found that only 32% of NHS Trusts were taking adequate steps to assess patients’ risk of DVT and to instigate appropriate treatment where necessary.

A DVT is a blood clot in the deep veins, usually of the calf.  Factors increasing the risk of a DVT include reduced mobility, surgery, increased age and obesity.  If untreated, the clot grows until part of it breaks off.  That fragment of clot can lodge in the lung, causing a pulmonary embolism, an often fatal condition.  An untreated DVT carries a 30% risk of death, whereas, with treatment, the risk falls to between 2% and 8%.

If you our your family have been affected by a DVT, we might be able to help.  To speak to one of our nurse advisors, call us on 0800 321 3112.

Posted 20th November 2007 | Posted in News,Uncategorised