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VTE Prophylaxis in Surgical Patients


Philip Britten-Jones

Professorial Surgical Unit
Royal Adelaide Hospital


This case study looks at some of the issues surrounding risk-management of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in surgical patients. The vignette starts with the presentation of a patient with an acute surgical problem and then focuses on measures that need to be considered to reduce the risk of VTE. The case is a real one - where the names and precise circumstances have been changed.

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