Preventing VTE/blood clots: Information for patients and families

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What should I know about blood clots?

Over 60% of all blood clots happen during or in the 90 days after a hospital stay. Most of the remainder happen in people with cancer, women who are pregnant or in the six weeks after giving birth and those who have their lower leg immobilised, e.g. in a cast.

Knowing your risk, recognising the signs and symptoms of a blood clot in your leg or lungs and taking immediate action if they occur, could save your life.  

The HSE recently partnered with Thrombosis Ireland, a patient advocacy group, to produce alert cards for hospital patients and distribute cards and posters to hospitals.

Alert Cards (please click image)

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Poster (please click image)

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More information on blood clots can be found on the HSE website or from Thrombosis Ireland



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