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Letter to the Editor: Caution Is Needed When Reporting or Pooling the Prevalence of Venous Thromboembolism in Critically Ill Coronavirus Disease 2019 Patients
Cardiovascular, Disaster, Pulmonary,
From Critical Care Medicine
In this Letter to the Editor, the author discusses the difficulties to ascertain in ICU settings the exact VTE incidence, incidence rate, or prevalence due to various reasons, including the absence of uniform screening at ICU admission to exclude patients with prior VTE, absence of systematic assessment with varying screening guided by clinicians’ suspicion, and varying follow-up time. In addition, the burden of venous thromboembolism in critically ill patients is discussed.
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