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The Importance of Screening for Venous Thromboembolism Events (VTE) in Accident Victims


August 23, 2022

According to a news report published by brandspurng.com, approximately 1.3 million people tragically die annually around the world as a result of traffic accidents. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that over half of all fatal road traffic accidents involve cyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists. Moreover, road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death in children and adults aged 5-29 years.

According to World Thrombosis Day, a global organization working to increase awareness of thrombosis, more people perish due to life-threatening conditions caused by thrombosis than car crashes, AIDS, and breast cancer combined. Although blood clotting is a natural event, should blood clots develop unnecessarily, they are life-threatening. When blood clots slow or block blood flow, they can break loose and cause a stroke, heart attack, or a venous thromboembolism event (VTE).

Being treated in a hospital is a significant risk factor for developing venous thromboembolism (VTE). Venous thromboembolism is a potentially fatal condition in which blood clots form in the deep veins of the groin, leg, or arm. The condition is called deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and if the clot travels through the circulatory system, it can lodge in the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism.

According to WTD data, about 60% of all VTE cases happen within 90 days of the victim being hospitalized. VTE can also happen without any symptoms or warning signs. VTE often goes unrecognised and undiagnosed by medical professionals. That is why hospitals must conduct a VTE risk assessment on the traffic accident patients. This questionnaire collects information such as medical history, age, medications, and lifestyle factors to gauge the patient's risk of developing blood clots. 

The assessment helps the doctor understand which tests to order when looking for blood clots. These tests include a blood test called a D-Dimer, a CTPA scan of the chest, and ultrasounds of the arm or leg to look for DVTs or PEs.

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Source:

https://brandspurng.com/2022/08/16/the-unexpected-impact-of-a-high-volume-of-road-accidents/

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