Venous thromboembolism (VTE)
There are things you and the medical professionals looking after you can do before, during and after your hospital stay to minimise your risk of developing a blood clot.
You can help yourself before coming into hospital by:
While you're in hospital, you will reduce your chances of a blood clot if you:
You're still at risk of developing a blood clot in the days and weeks after leaving hospital, so you might be advised to continue preventative measures for a short period. Your care team will discuss this with you before you are discharged.
You may be given compression stockings to wear until you are fully mobile, and you may need to keep using anticoagulants for several weeks. You should also take care to stay as mobile as possible and keep yourself well hydrated.
Every year, thousands of people in the UK develop a blood clot in a vein. It's known as venous thromboembolism (VTE) and is a serious, potentially fatal, medical condition.
Anyone can get a blood clot, but you're more at risk if you cant move around much or if youre unwell. You've probably heard of blood clots linked to long-haul plane journeys or the contraceptive pill,
In 2005, a Houseof Commons Health Committee reportstated that every year in England an estimated 25,000 deaths occur as a result of hospital-acquired VTE. The report also stated that the estimated num
When you arrive at hospital, you should be checked for your risk of blood clots. Hospital staff will record your age and weight and ask you about your general health. The assessment will also take int
There are things you and the medical professionals looking after you can do before, during and after your hospital stay to minimise your risk of developing a blood clot. Before coming into hospital Yo
Before leaving hospital, you should be told about anything you need to look out for that could suggest you've developed a blood clot. Symptoms of a blood clot can include: cramping pain, redness, war