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Complexity of Venous Thromboembolism Risk in the Medically Ill Population

Sylvia Haas, MD, PhD

Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is an important healthcare problem as it leads to significant morbidity, mortality, and use of resources [1,2]. Among medical patients who do not receive thromboprophylaxis, the incidence of confirmed hospital-acquired deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is 10–20% [3], and death from hospital-acquired pulmonary embolism (PE) is markedly more common in medical patients than in surgical patients [4].

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