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J Vasc Nurs. 2006 Sep;24(3):82-90.

Venous thromboembolism: scope of the problem and the nurse's role in risk assessment and prevention.

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  • 1Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA.


Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism, comprising different manifestations of the same clinical entity referred to as venous thromboembolism, are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. Despite pulmonary embolism being considered the most preventable cause of in-hospital death, the use of appropriate thromboprophylaxis remains suboptimal in many patients. Nurses are on the frontline of thrombosis prevention. By playing an essential role in diagnosis and risk assessment, applying timely preventive methods, and providing vital educational and psychologic support for patients with venous thromboembolism, skilled nursing intervention can save lives.

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