March is DVT Awareness Month
The incidence of DVT is reported at 117 cases per 100,000 people. This leads to more than 200,000 cases of DVT in the United States each year. In addition, 50,000 of these cases are complicated by pulmonary embolus. Another staggering statistic is that slightly less than 1% of all patients undergoing general anesthesia will suffer a fatal pulmonary embolus. This number increases to 7% of all patients treated for hip fractures.