A new national campaign to help prevent patients dying from blood clots while in hospital is being launched today (Thursday 3 April, 2014).
‘Ask about Clots’ is encouraging 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.
The campaign has been developed by the 1000 Lives Improvement service in Public Health Wales and is supported by Lifeblood, the thrombosis charity.
Campaign organisers are working with health boards and trusts to raise awareness of the issue and highlight the danger of thrombosis with the public.
A person is ten 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 backed up by a range of promotional materials to help get the campaign’s message across to the public and to healthcare providers. You can access these materials using the links below:
Ask About Clots Infographic (A4 poster pdf)
Ask About Clots postcard pdf
Ask About Clots videos
Introducing Ask About Clots
Ask about Clots animated video
'If I had known' - Michelle's story
Anyone can get a bloodclot
We all need to Ask about Clots
Further information about the campaign is available from the Ask About Clots website
Related Information from NHS Direct Wales.
Read our encyclopaedia article on deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
Read our encyclopaedia article on thrombosis
Read our encyclopaedia article on pulmonary embolism
Making lefestyle changes can help reduce your risk of developing a DVT, thrombosis or pulmonary embolism by:
♦ not smoking (if you smoke) – take a look at our smoke-free timeline to see the effects of quitting
♦ eating a healthy, balanced diet - low in fat with plenty of fruit and vegetables
♦ getting regular exercise - at least 150 minutes (2 hours 30 minutes) a week
♦ maintaining a healthy weight and losing weight if you are overweight or obese – why not try our BMI calculator to find out if you are a healthy weight.