26 October New blood clot standard designed to prevent deaths October 26, 2018 By Sue James Announcement Venous Thromboembolism, Prevention 0 With 10% of all Australian hospital deaths caused by largely preventable blood clots, a new standard of care has been launched to reduce the risks for patients. Developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, the first national Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Clinical Care Standard aims to address the threat posed by blood clots, which kill four times as many people than road accidents. Each year 30,000 Australians develop blood clots1 — known as venous thromboembolism (VTE) — in the deep veins of the leg (deep vein thrombosis) or in the lungs (pulmonary embolism), at a cost of $1.72 billion to the Australian health system. Read More Related Cancer Institute NSW - Take one small step to make one big difference Despite the significant reduction in smoking rates across NSW, tobacco remains the largest cause of preventable disease and death in NSW with over 47,000 people hospitalised and nearly 5,500 deaths attributed to smoking each year. New guidelines for myopia management The Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) has released an online tool designed to help eyecare professionals manage patients with myopia. Major step forward in cancer research Australian scientists have taken a "major step forward" in the world of cancer research with the discovery of a new type of drug that can put cancer cells in animals into a permanent state of sleep. Changes to process for allied health referrals The way that a General Practitioner (GP) refers DVA clients to allied health providers is set to change from July 2019. Common Questions about Vaccination Australia has one of the world’s most comprehensive national immunisation programs, with over 94% of Australian children aged 5 years fully immunised. Even though the vast majority of children are fully immunised, parents may still have questions about vaccination and want to know more about it. Comments are closed.