Blood clot deaths prompt action at hospital

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PATIENTS attending Grantham Hospital will be assessed to determine the likelihood of them developing a potentially deadly blood clot.

A new co-ordinating post has been created at Grantham Hospital to focus on assessing adult patients’ risk levels in developing venous thromboembolism (VTE), a blood clot which forms in a vein limiting blood flow.

Around 25,000 people die annually in hospitals across England from VTE. As a result, the Department of Health introduced a national measure to ensure every patient is assessed. High risk patients will be closely monitored throughout their stay and treated if required.

Sharon Cole is the VTE co-ordinator for Grantham. She said: “A thorough risk assessment on admission to hospital is key to understanding the requirements of individual patients who might be at risk of getting VTE.”