Medical rota changes and venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in orthopaedic patients

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Rota changes often induce conflict of interest between maintaining adequate services and high levels of patient care or providing suitable and informed induction programmes for new medical staff. Emphasised education of VTE prophylaxis guidelines has now become part of induction of junior medical staff, whilst ward based measures ensure daily compliance

The success of the audit strategy has led to its use throughout other surgical units within the hospital.

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