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10 for 2010: Anticoagulation

Eliminating avoidable harm associated with anticoagulant therapy. 


This 10 for 2010 programme will address issues relating to poor anticoagulation management or failure to risk assess for Venous Thromboembolism, and improve patient safety culture in relation to anticoagulation.


Each year over 25,000 people in England die from Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) contracted in hospital. This is more than the combined total deaths from breast cancer, AIDS and road traffic accidents and more than 25 times the number of people who die from MRSA. 


Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is a major predisposing factor to stroke. Each year it accounts for some 12,500 strokes in England.  Anticoagulation with warfarin is highly effective in preventing strokes due to AF, reducing the incidence of stroke by 6070 percent.  The effective use of warfarin is therefore seen as key to implementing safe practice.


A range of materials will be available below to support implementation of this programme.