Healthcare-Associated Blood Clots: Minimize Your Clots
Title: Healthcare-Associated Blood Clots: Minimize Your Clots
Healthcare-associated venous thromboembolism (blood clots) is a significant, deadly, costly, and growing public health problem.
Prevention Can Save Lives
Proven ways to prevent blood clots from occurring during or after a healthcare encounter exist, but not all hospitals and healthcare facilities have put these prevention strategies into practice or use them routinely.
- Learn the Lingo About Blood Clots
- Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT):
Blood clot located in a deep vein usually in the leg or am.
Pulmonary Embolism (PE):
Blood clot that has traveled from a deep vein to the lung. PE can be deadly.
Venous Thromboembolism (VTE):
DVT and PE are also known as VTE.
Healthcare-Associated VTE (HA-VTE):
A DVT or PE that occurs as a result of hospitalization, surgery, or other healthcare treatment or procedure.
- Blood Clots Are Costly
Costs due to healthcare-associated blood clots exceed 5 billion dollars per year
- Blood Clots are Deadly and a Significant, Growing Public Health Problem
- Blood clots affect as many as 900,000 Americans each year leading to approximately 100,000 premature deaths.
- 50% of blood clots are healthcare-associated.
- Although there are many reasons a person might develop a blood clot, about half of them are directly related to a recent hospitalization or surgery and most of these do not occur until after discharge.
- Healthcare-Associated Blood Clots Are Avoidable: Prevention is Key
- As many as 70% of healthcare-associated blood clots are preventable.
- However, fewer than 50% of hospital patients receive appropriate preventive treatment.
- What You Can Do To Help Prevent Healthcare-Associated Blood Clots
- Before surgery or hospitalization ask your healthcare provider:
- Am I at risk for a blood clot?
- Do I need preventive treatment to keep me from having a blood clot?
- Upon discharge ask your healthcare provider:
- What can I do to continue to prevent blood clots from developing once I’m home?
- What are the signs and symptoms of a blood clot?
- What should I do if I think I have a blood clot?
- At home:
- Follow your doctor’s instructions for preventing blood clots; take medicine as prescribed.
- Move your arms and legs to help prevent blood clots from forming.
- Call your doctor if you think you have a blood clot.