Blood Clots

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Dangerous and deadly blood clots afflict more than 40,000 people every year. Hospitalized patients are especially at risk because of long bed rest and little activity. They are also more likely to have had a recent heart attack, or given birth, or had some sort of injury to the lower body, which increase the risk of blood clotting. If a blood clot travels to the lungs, it can cause a blockage — known as a pulmonary embolism (PE) or lung clot and one-in-three lung clots cause death.

The good news is that blood clots are usually preventable with proper pro-active care: special elastic stockings, “pulsing boots” and blood thinners are effective. However, many patients who are at risk for clots don’t receive such treatments.

Bring CampaignZERO’s checklist with simple “to-do’s” so you will know how to work with the nurses and doctors to help make sure your loved one doesn’t suffer a deadly clot.

Take a few minutes to learn about other preventable hospital hazards, too: learn how to save a life without 8 years of medical school!

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