Venous thromboprophylaxis: reducing needlestick injury
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Venous thromboprophylaxis: reducing needlestick injury

Jean Rogers Practice education facilitator, Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, Stockport

This article discusses needlestick injuries in relation to the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in the healthcare setting. The article explores the use of oral anticoagulants for the prevention of VTE. The introduction of oral prophylaxis for VTE following orthopaedic surgery may help to optimise post-operative patient outcomes, as well as reduce the number of sharps-related accidents.

Nursing Standard. 24, 49, 35-41. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.


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