Helping you to avoid a DVT

Preventing Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) when in hospital

Not all blood clots can be prevented but the risk of developing one whilst you are in hospital can be significantly reduced. The Government has made VTE prevention a top clinical priority for improving quality in this area. At the pre-admisison clinic or when you are admitted into hospital, your risk will be assessed by a doctor or nurse. If you are not assessed you must ask the nurse or doctor to assess you.

If you are assessed at being at risk, you will be given a treatment (thromboprophylaxis) to reduce the clots forming. Orthopaedic operations such as joint replacement carries a higher risk and it is very important that the patient is made aware of the signs to look out for post-surgery and at discharge. Patients will be given information to help them understand the symptoms of a blood clot and what to do.

Your doctor will advise you of some important and simple things that you can do to help the risk


The following suggestions apply for any long journey, such as coach, train car or plane, and also when sitting for any lengthy period.