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Blood clots developed on wards 'kill hundreds,' say AMs

Hundreds of lives could be saved by preventing blood clots developed in hospital if clinicians followed guidelines, according to a committee of assembly members.

In 2010 around 900 deaths were due to or associated with clots, more people than died that year from MRSA, breast cancer and AIDS combined.

A list of recommendations has now been put forward to the Welsh government to establish a standard procedure to reduce cases.

Dr Simon Noble, medical director for thrombosis charity Lifeblood, told Gareth Lewis of BBC Radio Wales he was encouraged by the AMs' recommendations.

  • 10 Oct 2012