Preventing Venous Thromboembolism in Adults


Practice Alert

Available only to registered users.

Added to Collection

Scope and Impact of the Problem

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a major health problem that affects an estimated 900 000 patients in the United States annually and results in an estimated 300 000 deaths.1 The prevalence is predicted to more than double within the next 35 years.2 Critically ill patients who receive VTE prophylaxis have a significantly lower risk of death than do those who do not receive VTE prophylaxis.3,4 In a recent study, the incidence of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in critically ill patients without prophylaxis was 11%.5

Sign in to to view the complete text. Not an registered user? Sign up today. It takes five minutes and is completely free.