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Project #153:
What was the impact of COVID-19 on mortality related to venous thromboembolism in England?

  • Type: Service Evaluation and Audit
  • Topic areas: Topic areas Other/indirect impacts of COVID on health/healthcare

Blood clots in the vessels of the legs and lungs cause over 12000 deaths per year in the UK. A proportion of these are thought to be preventable. The number of deaths increased significantly following the emergence of COVID-19 with this infection known to increase the risk of the blood clots. This study would help us test the hypothesis that COVID-19 drove an increase in blood-clot related deaths and allow us to understand the characteristics of the individuals that died in more detail. This may help us think about how we might prevent future deaths from blood clots and plan the allocation of national resources appropriately.