Welcome to Episode 107
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Tip of The Week- Deep Vein Thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis is a condition where blood clots form in the veins deep in the body, usually the lower leg or thigh. Presenting symptoms are similar to the symptoms of a previous trauma so nurses should do a thorough history taking, good assessment skills, and knowledge on the causes and risk factors are required to be able to identify the presence of DVT.
Anticoagulants are given to patients who are highly likely to have developed DVT to avoid complications like pulmonary embolism. Measures like elevating the limb, avoiding prolonged sitting and bed rest, and relieving pain by application of warm, moist heat to the area can be done to provide comfort and reduce the risk of the thrombus turning into an embolus.
Preventive measures include avoiding risk factors for DVT, use of blood thinners (as prescribed) for patients who are at risk, avoiding long periods of immobility.
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