Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism Still Overlooked in Hospitals

The results of DVT FREE, a prospective Sanofi-Aventis registry of deep-vein thrombosis (DVT), indicate that hospitalized medical patients are at a higher risk for developing blood clots than non-medical patients.

Because these medical patients are immobilized in the hospital, they face an increased risk of clot development. The study revealed that these patients were still not receiving the proper options for preventing DVT from their health care professionals. They received prophylactic measures far less often (25.4%) than non-medical patients (53.8%), even though they had a higher burden of blood clots and experienced pulmonary embolism more often (22.2%) than the non-medical patients (15.5%). buy antibiotics canada

The types of prophylaxis provided include pneumatic compression devices, vascular compression stockings, subcutaneous unfractionated heparin, and low-molecular-weight heparin.

It was hoped that the report would spur further study of VTE prevention.