Deep Vein thrombosis and its complications, including pulmonary embolism, are major health problems in the United States, resulting in more than 260,000 hospital admissions and 100,000 deaths each year. Thirty percent of patients diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis will experience at least one recurrence of symptoms. To minimize patient morbidity and mortality and to contain health care costs, prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment of these conditions are essential. In this article the incidence, pathophysiology, risk factors, and clinical course of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are discussed, as well as the clinician’s role in prevention and treatment
Preventing Negative Outcomes of Acute Illness in Adults| February 01 1998
Understanding and Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism
Beatrice K. Launius, RN, BSN, CCRN;
From the Louisiana State University Medical Center, Shreveport, LA, and Northwestern State University College of Nursing, Shreveport, LA.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1998) 9 (1): 91–99.
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Beatrice K. Launius, B. Diane Graham; Understanding and Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 February 1998; 9 (1): 91–99. doi:
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