Screening patients for risk of blood clots
If you are admitted to one of our hospitals, or are planning to come into hospital for surgery, the staff caring for you will assess your risk of developing a blood clot – also known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or pulmonary embolism (PE) – during your stay.
We do this so we can offer preventative treatment where necessary, usually medicines to help thin your blood or special stockings to wear while in hospital or both.
What's the standard?
We are expected to screen 95% of patients coming into hospital.
All patients should receive information about blood clots when they arrive, and further advice before they leave hospital.
How are we doing?
We have a specialist team to oversee these assessments and minimise the number of patients who experience complications.
Our recent performance:
- October 2017 – 94.8% of our patients screened for blood clots
- September – 95.5%
- August – 95.7%.
Find out more
For more information, see Lifeblood: the thrombosis website or NHS Choices.
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Page last updated: December 22 2017