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Published on Apr 3, 2014
Blood clots can happen to anyone, but they are preventable. Ask your doctor, nurse or healthcare professional to help you reduce your risk of developing a clot.
‘Ask about Clots’ is encouraging hospital patients to ask healthcare professionals about their risk of developing a blood clot – known as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) – so that they can be assessed and given appropriate treatment to prevent one developing.
A person is 10 times more at risk of developing a blood clot when being treated for a serious illness in hospital. However, around 70 per cent of cases could be avoided if preventative measures were put in place.
Ask about Clots is launched as new research commissioned as part of the campaign reveals that 62 per cent of people in Wales believe that they are more likely to develop a thrombosis on an aeroplane than in hospital.
However, two thirds of blood clots occur in hospital or in the 90 days after people leave hospital.
Ask about Clots has been developed by the 1000 Lives Improvement service in Public Health Wales and has been supported by Lifeblood, the thrombosis charity.