Updated: Wednesday, 16th October 2019 @ 2:50pm

Manchester hospitals at forefront of battle for improved blood clot screening

Manchester hospitals at forefront of battle for improved blood clot screening

By Hannah Hulme

Manchester hospitals are at the forefront of a battle to save lives by increasing blood clot screening for patients, statistics revealed today.

Central Manchester City Hospitals (CMFT) have increased the amount of patients screened for the deadly condition venous thrombeombolism (VTE) from 82.3 per cent in 2010/11 to 90.6 per cent in 2011/12.

The news comes after Health Minister Simon Burns’ announcement that patients across the country are now almost twice as likely to be screened for VTE than in 2010.

Mr Burns said: “Deep vein blood clots are a serious risk to patients and can claim nearly 25,000 lives a year.”

The increase in testing means that 90 per cent of patients admitted to hospital are checked for the condition, a “world first” for VTE screenings, according to the Health Minister.

Deep vein thrombosis, a type of VTE, is the fourth main cause of death in the UK, with more fatalities than breast cancer, AIDS and traffic accidents combined.

DVT refers to blood clots in veins in the legs. Clots can travel to the lungs resulting in a potentially fatal pulmonary embolism. They can also cause permanent damage to the leg veins, resulting in pain, swelling, ulcers and change in skin colour.

Anyone can develop DVT, but the people who are most at risk are those who have been hospitalized, sit for prolonged periods of time when travelling, have a family history of DVT, and those who are obese or smoke.

However the new statistics paint an optimistic picture for the future success of DVT campaigning.  

One sufferer, Stephanie Moore, writes on the Stop the Clot Facebook Page: “Thank you for putting the awareness out there. I was diagnosed with DVT at the age of 19... blood clots don't just happen to one select group of people, they can happen to anyone.”