Patient should be empowered with information on the risks of VTE, how to prevent VTE and the signs and symptoms of a VTE.
All verbal communication should be accompanied with written information. The CEC has developed a patient brochure that can be used on admission or discharge. It also contains a 'going home plan' which can be completed with patients for those being discharged on VTE prophylaxis.
Information for Patients
To further raise awareness amongst patients, a number of posters have been developed. These posters can be displayed in ward and other patient areas to raise awareness of the risk VTE and prompt patients to consider their risk and what is being done to reduce it during hospitalisation.