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Venous thromboembolism (VTE), which encompasses deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), is a major international health problem particularly affecting hospitalised patients: this group are more than 100 times more likely to develop VTE compared with the rest of the community.1


Healthcare Professionals

The pathophysiology of VTE
An overview of the pathological processes behind VTE formation.

Preventing VTE with mechanical prophylaxis
The prophylactic mechanisms of anti-embolic stockings (AES) and intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC).

Consensus Statements & Guidelines
Examples of National and International Best Practice Guidelines


Patient Information

About DVT
People who become ill or require surgery may develop blood clots in their legs and there are usually very few signs of it occurring.

Treatment Options
Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or blood clots in the leg can occur at any age but can be prevented by simple actions that you can take yourself, or by following the preventative actions advised by the nurses and doctors.


1. Heit JA, Melton LJ, Lohse CM, et al. Incidence of venous thromboembolism in hospitalized patients vs. community residents. Mayo Clinic Proceedings. 2001; 76(11): 1102-1110.



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