Reviews

Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism: A Guide for Practitioners

Reducing the number of avoidable deaths from venous thromboembolism is a high priority for healthcare providers

Reducing the number of avoidable deaths from venous thromboembolism is a high priority for healthcare providers.

Originally published in 2009, this book has been updated to reflect the current changes in healthcare provision, and the clinical management of the condition as well as pulmonary embolism.

It remains an easy-to-read resource for all practitioners, and presents charts and tables to underpin research evidence. Its information is presented in the same format as in the first edition, but with outdated material removed.

The most notable difference is the inclusion of a chapter on the use of non-vitamin K antagonist oral coagulants (NOACs).

This chapter also includes the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines associated with the use of NOACs and their effect on patient management.

In addition, indicative flowcharts have been updated throughout the book to reflect these changes, while acknowledging that trusts and other healthcare providers will have their own guidelines to follow.

At the end of each chapter there are questions and case studies to encourage self-evaluation and interaction with the materials among readers.

Answers to the questions have been altered since the first edition to reflect managerial changes.

The book should be of interest to all students and qualified practitioners. However, although it is competitively priced, it is probably more likely to become a reference text in a library, clinic or practice setting than it is to be purchased by individual members of staff.

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