VTE Incidence in Patients with Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock

Prospective studies on the incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) during severe sepsis and septic shock remain absent, hindering efficacy assessments regarding VTE prevention strategies in sepsis. Kaplan et al prospectively evaluated the incidence of VTE in 113 patients from three different academic medical center intensive care units (ICUs) admitted with severe sepsis or septic shock.

They identified a high incidence of VTE in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock, despite the use of universal, guideline-recommended thromboprophylaxis.

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