Venous thromboembolism (VTE) represents a significant public health concern and is the leading cause of preventable deaths in hospitalized patients. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has identified this topic as a top 10 public safety concern to be addressed.1 As with other VTE investigations, lower extremity deep vein thrombosis (DVT) serves as a surrogate for fatal pulmonary embolism.
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