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In-hospital deaths caused by venous thromboembolism

The number of in-hospital deaths that are caused by venous thromboembolism is more than five times the number of deaths caused by all hospital-acquired infections.

House of Commons Health Committee. The Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism in Hospitalised Patients: Second Report of Session 2004-05. London: House of Commons; 2005. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm200405/cmselect/cmhealth/99/99.pdf

Reference

Title
The Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism in Hospitalised Patients: Second Report of Session 2004-05
Publisher
House of Commons
Publication Date
2005
Authors
House of Commons Health Committee
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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