Doctors of the RIETE group have established parameters for identifying which patients with deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in the upper limbs don’t need hospital admission. It is the first time that chances of complications in these patients during the first week of treatment is determined. This study has been recently published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

The experts analyzed the situation of 1.135 patients of the Computerized Registry of Patients with Venous Thromboembolism (RIETE) diagnosed with a thrombosis in the arm. When observing their evolution, they realized that it varied depending on some associated complications. Therefore, they gave three scores for grouping the cases according to their characteristics.

At first, 45% of the patients received this treatment at home. And most of them, 67% of the cases, was considered as a low-risk case. During the first week, only three patients developed a pulmonary embolism, two of them suffered from major bleedings and four of them died.

RIETE is the largest database regarding venous thromboembolic disease. It collects data of roughly 60.000 patients in 24 countries.