Step 4 - Signs to watch for

Signs you should watch for

Before your procedure

Please refer to your Southern Cross Hospitals "Blood clots and YOU" brochure (see Additional Resources below).

If you consider your self-assessed risk of VTE to be higher than you expected, please inform your doctor immediately.


After your procedure

You should talk to the doctors caring for you about your particular risk.  Make sure you have completed the ‘My Recovery Plan’ section in your "Blood clots and YOU" brochure, so that you know exactly what to do for yourself - and are aware of the following possible symptoms:


Additional Resources for hospital patients

Click here for   "Blood clots and YOU" brochure

Click here for   T.E.D. TM Anti-Embolism Stockings Patient Guide (2013). Covidien.

Click here for   "Blood Clots: Reducing your risk" leaflet

Click here for   Southern Cross Healthcare Group Medical Library: Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)


Additional Resources for healthcare professionals

Click here for   Research Review: VTE Prevention in Adult Hospitalised Patients in NZ

Click here for   HQSC VTE prevention programme

Click here for   VTE prevention programme – national policy framework


Acknowledgements (consumer research): Southern Cross Hospitals Ltd., consumer research participants, Southern Cross Health Trust and Health Quality and Safety Commission New Zealand.


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