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Why is DVT/VTE important?

  • VTE is preventable. Effective prophylaxis reduces VTE incidence by 60 percent.
  • VTE is common, with at least 900,000 cases annually in the U.S. during or post-hospitalization. An additional 1 million estimated VTEs are not related to hospitalization.
  • VTE is deadly. At least one-third of patients with VTE die as a result of it.
  • VTE causes long-term morbidity.
  • VTE is recurrent in 40 percent of patients.
  • Each VTE incidence costs between $10,000 and $20,000, according to the Agency for Health care Research and Quality.

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