Up to 60% of all VTEs are hospital-associated

In the UK and worldwide, VTE is a leading cause of death and disability.
A scientific review by the World Thrombosis Day steering committee revealed that:

  • VTE can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, race or ethnicity
  • Full VTE-related costs to the NHS are difficult to extract and can go undocumented, but in the APPG for Thrombosis, annual report 2016/17, a survey of CCGs asked what their recorded costs for VTE treatment, hospital bed days, sanctions and litigation, for 2016/17.

    Of the 22% of CCGs providing figures, the average annual cost for 2016/17 was £938,357 per CCG
    (range spread from £63,358 South Lincolnshire to £7million in the Cambridge and Peterborough CCG area)

If this figure was to be averaged across all 211 CCGs in England this would be a cost to NHS services of £197,993,327

“Taking proactive steps to mandate VTE best practice locally could help to reduce this cost burden, however most CCGs appear to be unaware of what VTE is costing locally.”

  • In Europe, there are 544,000 VTE-related deaths every year
  • In the U.S. and Europe, VTE-related events kill more people than AIDS, breast cancer, prostate cancer and motor vehicle crashes combined
  • In the UK, up to 55% of VTE cases occur during or after hospitalization, making it a leading preventable cause of hospital deat
  • Hospital-acquired thrombosis
  • Two thirds of deaths are caused by ‘hospital-acquired’ thrombosis
  • Hospital-acquired blood clots cause an estimated 25,000 preventable deaths each year
  • This accounts for 10% of all patients who die in hospital – and is : the number one cause of preventable hospital mortality

2018 Anticoagulation UK - Audit of Anticoagulation management in secondary care in England

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APPTG Annual Review 2017

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Venous Thromboembolism NHS cost 2016

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Cost-Utility Analysis of Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis Strategies for People Undergoing Elective Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement Surgeries in the English National Health Service

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Deaths from VTE within 90 days of post discharge from hospital NHS Outcomes Framework Indicators – Aug 2019 release NHS Digital