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New blood clot standard designed to prevent deaths

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.

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