Thromboembolism in pregnancy
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Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality and during the period 2010-2012, 26 women died of this complication in the United Kingdom.1 The focus provided by reports from the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal deaths,2 now MBRRACE-UK,3 has led to a welcome reduction in deaths through detailed risk assessment and timely and effective prophylaxis both in the antenatal and postnatal period. However, challenges remain. The rise in rates of obesity and medical comorbidities among pregnant women are contributing to persistent rates of women dying from this complication1 and midwives need to remain knowledgeable in identifying both those at risk and those showing symptoms of a VTE.