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COVID-19 Patients Are at a Greater Risk of Blood Clots: Advice and Guidance


There have been reports about the development of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients with COVID-19.  A recent article published by DoctorWeighsIn summarizes some of the current knowledge about thrombosis in COVID-19 patients, knowing that future studies and case reports will undoubtedly refine the statements made below. However, this is science, continually evolving and improving based on current understanding. 

The article is co-authored by Michael Wong (Founder/Executive Director, Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety), Laurie Paletz, BSN PHN RN BC SCRN (Manager, Stroke Program Department of Neurology, Cedars-Sinai), and Thereza B. Ayad, RN, MSN, DNP, CNOR (Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School-Graduate School of Nursing; Surgical Services Clinical Staff Educator, North Shore Medical Center) and reviewed by Sue Koob (Chief Executive Officer, Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association) and Pat Salber, MD, MBA (Editor-in-Chief, DoctorWeighsIn).

The article offers some insights about VTE in patients admitted to the hospital who have been diagnosed with COVID-19:

  • Patients with COVID-19 Have an Increased Incidence of Thrombotic Complications

  • Thrombotic Complications are Occurring even in Young Patients with COVID-19

  • High Mortality Rates Occur in COVID-19 Patients Presenting with Thrombotic Complications

To read the article published on the DoctorWeighsIn, please click here.

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