How to Prevent Deadly Blood Clots: Three Free Resources from the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety
World Thrombosis Day asks us to be aware of tips to prevent deadly blood clots:
When you think of potentially deadly health issues, do you think of a blood clot? According to a recent U.S. survey, only 7 percent of people say they are concerned about blood clots, known by the medical term thrombosis. However, what they might not know is one in four people worldwide die from conditions caused by thrombosis, making it a leading cause of global death and disability.
In honor of WTD 2017, the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety believes that blood clots safety consists of four steps:
- assessing patients for risk of venous thromboebolism (VTE)
- providing the recommended prophylaxis regimen, including mechanical and pharmacological prophylaxis, as prescribed
- reassessing the patient every 24 hours or upon the occurrence of a significant event, like surgery, and
- ensuring that the patient is provided appropriate VTE prevention education upon hospital discharge.
Additionally, here are three resources to help prevent blood clots:3 resources to help prevent #bloodclots #patientsafety Click To Tweet
Stroke VTE Safety Recommendations
Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability in the U.S., with 800,000 cases occurring each year. Developed by a group of leading neurological health and patient safety experts brought together by the Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety, the Stroke VTE Safety Recommendations may help reduce death and disability among stroke victims due to VTE. The Stroke VTE Safety Recommendations may be downloaded for free by clicking here.
”Based on the high incidence of DVT and PE in patients with stroke, prophylaxis of VTE is recommended for all patients with stroke admitted to the hospital with weakness”, says Mark Reiter, MD, MBA (CEO, Emergency Excellence Residency Director, The University of Tennessee at Murfreesboro; President, American Academy of Emergency Medicine).VTE prophylaxis is recommended for all patients with stroke #bloodclots Click To Tweet
OB VTE Safety Recommendations
The risks of VTE are 4-5 times higher for pregnant women than for non-pregnant women. To help prevent blood clots in maternal patients, PPAHS brought together a panel of experts. The OB VTE Safety Recommendations may be downloaded for free by clicking here.Risks of VTE are 4-5 times higher for pregnant women than for non-pregnant women #bloodclots Click To Tweet
Frank Federico, RPh (Executive Director at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety Advisory Group at The Joint Commission) urges the adoption of these recommendations. According to Mr. Federico, “These recommendations focus on prevention measures that can easily be adopted and used by healthcare facilities to prevent VTE and help ensure that delivering mothers go home safely with their babies.”Use the OB VTE Safety Recommendations to prevent #bloodclots in maternal patients Click To Tweet
The World Thromobosis Day WebsiteThe World Thrombosis Day website contains great resources for preventing #bloodclots Click To Tweet