Thromboembolism deaths outrank road toll

THREE times as many people die in hospital from venous thromboembolism (VTE) as die in road crashes, the NHMRC says.

The peak health body estimated 5000 patients die from VTE annually, as well as 30,000 being hospitalised.

In collaboration with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, the NHMRC last week launched an expanded online VTE prevention resource centre.

It includes education resources for health professionals and information for patients on what can be done to reduce their risk of VTE. Information covers which patients should be selected for thromboprophylaxis, risk of bleeding and contraindications for mechanical prophylaxis.