Blood clot guidance concern

A National Assembly committee inquiry has found venous thromboembolism (VTE) guidelines are 'routinely ignored', putting hundreds of lives at risk. The Welsh Government says it is committed to reducing incidences of VTE across Wales.

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600 lives lost because doctors are 'not following basic procedures'

Around six hundred lives are being lost every year across Wales because doctors and other medical professionals are not following basic procedures. That's the warning of a committee of AMs investigating hospital acquired blood clots or thromboses.

The total number of deaths is substantially higher than the number of people being killed by breast cancer, aids and MRSA together. AMs say seventy per cent of the fatalities could be avoided with the right approach. Our Health Correspondent Mariclare Carey-Jones has more

AM: Poor blood clot prevention 'can be managed'

Hundreds of deaths in Wales annually could have been avoided established guidelines were followed to prevent blood clots, according to the Assembly's Health and Social Care Committee.

The Welsh Government says it welcomes the report and will consider its recommendations carefully.

"This is a substantial problem in relation to its scale" says the committee's chair Mark Drakeford AM.

"But it's a manageable problem. It's a problem that things can be done about, practical things, things that can be done today and are within the ability of the NHS to do".


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