Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a life-threatening but preventable condition that affects millions of people worldwide. With 60 percent of VTE cases occuring during or after hospitalization, it's critical to talk with your healthcare provider about your risk. When you arrive at the hospital, you should be checked for your risk; however, if you haven't, it's important you ask a doctor or nurse. Equally, if you've been told you're at risk of thrombosis and have been given medicine, stockings or other devices, it's important that you understand how to use them properly.
Don't be afraid to ask hospital staff about reducing your risk of VTE – it could save your life!
Everyone has a right to know if they are at risk of developing VTE and how to reduce that risk. Exercise it. Pledge it.
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As a patient, it is my right to be assessed for my risk of developing VTE.
I pledge to exercise this right and ask a healthcare professional about my risk and proper preventive steps.
I pledge to know and take seriously the signs and symptoms of a DVT or PE and, if present, seek immediate medical treatment.