Stopping the clot

Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Awareness Week provided our caregivers with the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of the risks associated with the condition.

Deep vein thrombosis is the result of a blood clot forming in a large vein, usually in a leg, that leads to a blockage of circulation. Sometimes smaller clots break free from the larger one and lodge in the lungs. This is called a Pulmonary Embolism.

Nursing Programs Coordinator, Lisa Faulds said a New Risk Assessment Tool had been launched by the hospital recently to ensure caregivers help recognise patients at risk and assist in the prevention of VTE.

“It’s really critical that we recognise the Risk Factors for VTE in patients,” said Ms Faulds. “By using VTE prophylaxis appropriately, we can assist in greatly reducing a patient’s chance of developing a DVT.”

The hospital’s Learning and Organisational Development department spent the week highlighting how to measure patients correctly for TED stockings. Each ward highlighted the New Risk Assessment Tool which categorises patients for risk.

“Some of these risks include type of surgical procedure, length of surgery, previous history of DVT, obesity and patients over 60 years old,” said Ms Faulds. “This week was also supported by education sessions surrounding learning from Risk Assessment case studies.”

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