Preventing blood clots

Blood clots in the deep veins or in the lungs can be a common complication in hospitalized patients. Called Venous Thromboembolism (VTE), there are many things you can to do help prevent them.

  • Ask your doctor or nurse what is being done to reduce your risk of getting a blood clot?
  • Ask if you should be given a medication to prevent unwanted clotting in the blood
  • Resume normal physical activity and walking as soon as your doctor permits it
  • Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated
  • Report any chest pain, shortness of breath, pain or swelling in your leg to a member of your health care team