Following on from Prof. Hardman’s presentation, the most effective way to prevent PTS is to prevent the initial incidence of a VTE event, which is largely a preventable disease that includes Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE). VTE is estimated to:
- account for 10% of all deaths in Australian hospitals
- costs the Australian health system $1.72 billion annually1
- be the third most common cardiovascular disease globally, with an annual incidence of over 10 million people2
VTE prevention strategies have been shown to reduce the incidence of VTE by about 70%. However, despite the availability of international evidence-based best-practice guidelines for the prevention of VTE, data suggests that a significant proportion of patients at risk of VTE do not receive appropriate therapy3.
For further guidance on how you can adequately prevent VTE events within your facility, please review the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Clinical Care Standard
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