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Hospitals reduce blood clot threat

STAFF in Lincolnshire’s hospitals have launched a major push to help reduce the risk of patients suffering blood clots whilst in hospital.

As part of a project called Safety Express Plus project, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust is placing special focus on key areas each 
month.

During August, the focus will be on venous thromboembolism (VTE) with Stop the Clot month. VTE is a condition in which a blood clot forms in a vein limiting blood flow through the vein, which is more common among those who are in hospital.

A trust spokesman said: “Patients admitted to hospital are assessed for their risk of developing this kind of clot to ensure that those at high risk are closely monitored throughout their stay and treated if 
required.

“Stop the Clot month is a chance for all staff to work together to focus on ensuring patients are properly assessed for their risk of clots and that suitable preventative measures or treatment are put in place.”

Since the programme began in April 2011 the number of at risk patients coming into Lincolnshire’s hospitals who have had a VTE assessment has risen from 76 per cent to 91 per cent.

 

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