Venous thromboembolism (VTE) poses a significant morbidity and mortality in a broad population of patients. As healthcare providers, we are well versed in prophylaxis of hospitalized patients and considering VTE when a patient presents with common symptoms and well described risk factors, for example, active malignancy or limited mobility. The authors of this paper cite 500,000 VTEs per year in the US population, half of which are attributable to recent hospitalization. The remaining 50% are grouped into “idiopathic,” yet still pose a threat of pulmonary embolism and overall reduced survival. Identifying the risk posed by infection in developing VTE may reveal another population served by thoughtful prophylaxis.
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