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RCS supports launch of NICE guideline on VTE

27 January 2010

The Royal College of Surgeons supports the new guideline ‘Reducing the risk of venous thromboembolism in patients admitted to hospital’ published today by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

The new guidance will compliment existing postoperative checks carried out by surgeons, and further progress efforts to reduce the estimated 25,000 deaths caused by VTE each year. 

Mr John Black, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England said: “Surgeons from several disciplines were actively involved in producing this guideline because of their concern about the potentially devastating effects of VTE after surgery in their patients. It is a major contributor to safer surgery, which if implemented universally will save lives in the postoperative period, and help to avoid the long-term debilitating problems of the physical damage done to a leg as a consequence of DVT. The Royal College of Surgeons supports the guideline whole-heartedly.”

Details of the NICE guideline can be found at: http://www.nice.org.uk/CG92.