VTE rates jump in NSW hospitals

The incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) after surgery has sharply increased among elective patients in NSW public hospitals.

A study led by UNSW’s Dr Hassan Assareh shows a 30% rise from 2002 to 2009, although mortality was steady around 8% over the same eight-year period.  

There were significant differences between hospital types for increasing VTE incidence, with the increase varying 19% in major referring hospitals to 237% in smaller hospitals.

The researchers suggest this is either due to a greater variability of patient care practice or better adherence of evidence