04 December 2009
John Black, President of the Royal College of Surgeons said:
The dangers of thrombosis in the veins of the legs after surgery or admission to hospital have been known for many years and the fact that appropriate preventive treatment is effective since the 1970s. This timely new study shows the risk period lasts longer than previously appreciated and makes the case even stronger for assessing all hospital patients for risk and treating them appropriately. The Department of Health, the House of Commons All-Party Thrombosis Group and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges among many other groups, are working hard to bring the prevention of venous thrombosis to the top of the clinical agenda for every hospital in the UK.