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:
- December 2019 – 96.3% of our patients screened for blood clots
- November – 96.4%
- October – 96.5%.
How you can help us
Making your stay with us safe – video transcript
Welcome to our hospital. While you're here your safety is our priority. And if you follow these eight simple steps you can help keep yourself safe during your stay.
To help prevent falls please wear the hospital socks if provided, laced-up or snug fitting shoes or slippers with rubber soles. Use your usual walking aids and if you need any assistance, tell us.
To help prevent blood clots, wear your hospital stockings if you've been advised to. And move as often as you can. Try to do simple leg and ankle exercises, drink fluids as recommended and take blood thinning tablets or injections as advised.
To prevent infection wash your hands before and after visiting the toilet and before all meals. Don’t hesitate to ask our staff if they've washed their hands before any contact with you. Tell us if you have diarrhoea or vomiting.
If you have tubes or needles attached to you, ask staff why they are there and if you still need them. There’s no need to be confused about your medicines. Tell us if you don't understand what your medicines are for or if you have an allergy. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about any concerns you may have and ask about possible side effects.
Pressure ulcers are not very nice. So if you can, try to keep mobile in bed and call us if you are uncomfortable. We are very happy to help you change position and if necessary we can provide you with a special mattress or cushion for support.
Let us know if any of your personal information is wrong, like the name on your ID band, your address, your GP or your next of kin. Also tell us if you have any allergies and we'll give you a red ID band.
If you have any concerns, don't forget we're here to help you. Talk to us if you have any worries or questions about your treatment or about what will happen when you leave hospital.
Congratulations! You're leaving the hospital, but before you leave, make sure you have your discharge letter, you’ve got your medicines and they've been explained to you, you know who to contact if you have any questions or concerns and you know when your next appointment is. If you need any more information on how to make your stay with us safe, read the booklet provided, or ask a member of staff.
Remaining active and drinking plenty of fluids while you’re in hospital will reduce the risk of blood clots – our staff will advise you what to do. If you are unsure, please ask.
Find out more
For more information, see the thrombosis UK website or NHS website.
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Page last updated: February 4 2020