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RCSE backs new VTE preventions strategy

19th April 2010

The Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCSE) has backed a new strategy from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges to reduce the number of deaths from venous thromboembolism (VTE).

A five-point plan is being launched by the academy under the leadership of RCSE president John Black, with the scheme set to highlight the importance of assessing the risk of the condition and taking appropriate steps, such as wearing compression stockings.

This initiative is being launched in order to increase awareness of the potentially fatal condition, which is caused by blood clots in the vein and causes 250,000 deaths each year.

Mr Black said it is important that “simple preventative measures” are taken against VTE, as well as reminding hospitals that National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidelines from earlier this year make planning against the condition essential.

He added: “This plan from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges gives these NHS trusts the means to meet this obligation.”

Earlier this month, the RCSE called on NHS staff to provide advice on alcohol abuse to patients in order to curb the number of injuries and deaths caused by drinking.

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