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A reduction in acute thrombotic admissions during a period of unexplained increased deaths and medical admissions in the UK

Published:September 07, 2017DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejim.2017.09.007

      Highlights

      • Since 2011 the UK has experienced a period of unexplained higher medical admissions and deaths.
      • The trends in thrombosis appear to defy those seen in other medical diagnoses.
      • A sudden move to lower acute thrombotic admissions has occurred, along with the need for fewer occupied beds.

      Abstract

      Background

      Since 2011 in England there has been a period of unexplained higher deaths and medical admissions which policy makers have assumed are attributable to the increasing age of the population and the inability of health and social care to limit demand.

      Methods

      Analysis of data obtained from NHS and Office of National Statistics.

      Results

      Contrary to the trends in certain other medical diagnoses those for thrombosis show a shift to lower acute admissions, which mainly occur in the young as a same day stay emergency admission. A reduction in occupied bed days also occurs.

      Conclusion

      A shift in the balance of inflammatory/anti-inflammatory forces may be responsible for this dichotomous behaviour.

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