|“For the most part . . . hospitals and surgery centers often fail to screen patients for risks of [blood clots], and only about a third of patients receive the recommended prevention therapies, studies show.” Laura Landro, “In the Hospital, Facing a Scourge of Killer Clots,” Wall Street Journal, 01 April 2009.|
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May 5, 2010
Blood clots due to hospital care “kill . . . nearly 200,000 U.S. patients a year. . . . [They are] the leading cause of preventable hospital deaths in the U.S.” Laura Landro, “In the Hospital, Facing a Scourge of Killer Clots,” Wall Street Journal, 01 April 2009.
May 4, 2010
If you are hospitalized, ask to be evaluated to assess your risk of developing blood clots. If you are at risk, ask what the plan is to prevent this problem.
May 3, 2010
| Myth or Fact: Most blood clots arise as a result of airplane travel.
Fact: According to Dr. John Heit of the Mayo Clinic, over two-thirds of blood clots arise as a result of hospitalization for surgery or other care. John A. Heit, M.D., “Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis for the Medical Patient,” Mayo Clinic, 2006.
Blood clots can develop in people who are in the hospital for surgery or other treatment that keeps them immobilized for days. Even after they leave the hospital, blood clots that developed while they were in the hospital can suddenly break off, travel to the lungs, and kill them.