Raising awareness of blood clot risks

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A PROJECT has been launched in South Yorkshire to raise awareness of the risk of blood clots, particularly among patients in hospital.

The initiative from the region’s Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care and Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust calls on people to drink plenty of fluids, turn or flex their ankles whilst in bed or sitting down, and to keep moving whilst walking up and down the ward in a bid to reduce the risk of clots.

Work has already begun on a generic information leaflet which is set to be tested out on patients and a poster has already been produced.

Project staff will also be developing specific content for stroke patients since they are at particular risk. They will work with speech and language therapists to ensure the information is accessible for people with communication issues such asaphasia and dysphasia as a result of a stroke.