More Awareness Needed to Prevent Blood Clots During Hospital Stays

Across the United States, 600,000 people a year experience deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolisms (PE). One out of every 10 hospital deaths involves pulmonary embolisms or DVT and an estimated 100,000 people die annually due to blood clots and events onset by them. Recent surgery and other factors such as immobility, infections, cancer, and obesity increase the chances of these potentially fatal occurrences.

A new survey by the National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) shows gaps between patients, health care professionals, and the public’s awareness of risk factors and methods to lessen these events. The study showed that, “almost half (46 percent) of all respondents say their doctor did not provide information about blood clot risks related to hospitalization.” A total of 1,500 individuals took the survey. More than 40 percent of hospitalized patients had a family member with a history of blood clots and 15 percent had past bouts with clots as well.

“These survey findings are compelling, because they demonstrate the gaps that need to be filled to optimize use of evidence-based DVT/PE prophylaxis, as well as the need to better inform or educate our hospitalized patients about potential risk factors,” says Dr. Greg Maynard, Chief, Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of California, San Diego.

The lack of awareness and communication between patients and health care professionals leads to missed opportunities in DVT/PE prophylaxis. Mechanical compression, medicine, compression stockings, and ambulation are all preventive measures that can effectively help a patient.

Just being hospitalized with an acute medical illness causes a 10-fold increased risk of DVT or PE, notes the NBCA. The NBCA’s DVT/PE Awareness Survey was conducted in light of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Partnerships for Patients initiative. This includes DVT and PE prevention, which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services classify as preventable and un-reimbursable “Never Events”. Unless it is documented during a patient’s hospital admission, the medical professional will not be reimbursed by Medicare for the treatment to remedy the condition nor have the ability to seek payment from the patient for the services.

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