QA event will raise awareness of blood clots

John Knighton, medical director of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

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HOSPITAL staff are to take part in an awareness event about blood clots.

Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, is supporting National Thrombosis Week by holding an information day tomorrow about venous thromboembolism (VTE) – a condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein and limits the blood flow.

Hospital patients are at risk of VTE – which can be life-threatening – because they are less mobile, which can affect circulation.

Between 25,000 to 32,000 people die from hospital-acquired VTE in the UK every year – but up to 70 per cent of deaths are preventable.

Kim Carter, deep vein thrombosis nurse specialist, said: ‘VTE is a huge patient safety issue which is potentially preventable. We hope our VTE event will raise awareness amongst members of staff but also the general public.’

The Lifeblood Bus, information stands and activities will be set up in the main entrance of QA tomorrow to inform patients, visitors and staff of the preventative measures for VTE.