A multifaceted prevention program, including pre- and post-surgical electronic reminders to physicians, helped slash the rates of deep vein thromboses and pulmonary emboli.

According to data published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, researchers at Boston Medical Center reported that they lowered the frequency of deep venous thromboses by 84 percent two years after the prevention efforts began, compared with the results two years before the program. The occurrence of pulmonary emboli fell by 55 percent in the same period, according to study authors.

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