DVT is a common but under-diagnosed medical condition that occurs when a thrombus, or blood clot, forms in one of the large veins, usually in the thigh or calf, which causes disrupted circulation. If this clot breaks loose into the blood stream, it can potentially travel to the heart or lungs causing a Pulmonary Embolism. PEs can cause extensive organ damage and even death.
What Causes DVT?
Studies suggest that there is a higher risk of a blood clot forming after many types of surgery. According to The National Institute of Health, the risk of DVT after general surgery is as much as 15-40%. Some common contributors to postoperative DVT are damaged vein walls, which can release a clotting substance, prolonged bed rest and tissue debris moving into the blood stream.
There are many factors that contribute to the risk of DVT. Patients with multiple risk factors have an accumulative risk.
• Increasing Age
• Prolonged immobility
• Varicose veins
• Cancer and its treatments
• Inflammatory Bowel Disease
• Nephrotic Syndrome
• Respiratory failure
• Indwelling Central Venous Catheters
• Inherited predisposition for clotting
• Congestive Heart Failure and Myocardial Infarction
• Major Surgery (especially operations involving the abdomen, pelvis and lower extremities)
• Pregnancy, oral contraceptives or post-menopausal hormone replacement
•Trauma (especially fractures of the pelvis, hip or leg)
What is the Treatment for DVT?
BioTAB Healthcare assists in providing the following DVT protocol inventories:
• Mechanical DVT prophylaxis/Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (IPC) Devices (including a portable take-home device)
• Device Garments (Cuffs) and Accessories
• Support Documents