DVT prevention that can be prescribed for patient use at home.
The Increasing Risk: DVT
An increasing condition that affects as many as 900,000 people each year in the United States, 10 to 30% of people will die within one month of diagnosis of DVT/PE. Sudden death is the first symptom in about 25% of people who have a PE.
Among people who have had a DVT, 50% will have long-term complications such as swelling, pain, discoloration, and scaling in the affected limb. One-third of people with DVT/PE will have a recurrence within 10 years. Approximately 5 to 8% of the U.S. population has a genetic risk factor, in which a defect can be identified that increases the risk for DVT.
SURGERY AND OTHER RISK FACTORS
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DVT most commonly occurs during or after surgery or other prolonged inactivity (such as sitting for six or more hours on a plane). Other factors that increase the risk of DVT include smoking, obesity, pregnancy, a history of DVT, increased age, some cancers, and kidney problems.
When a doctor determines that a patient has a high risk of DVT, the doctor will often prescribe blood thinners (or anticoagulants). Failure by a doctor to prescribe blood thinners for a surgical patient with a high risk of DVT is just one of the ways that development of DVT may be linked to medical malpractice.
DVT is not always the result of negligence. A doctor can do everything right, and a patient may still develop DVT.
A patient must prove two things to demonstrate medical negligence:
1. the appropriate standard of care under the treatment circumstances, and
2. the breach of the standard of care (what the defendant doctor actually did or failed to do).
MEDICAL STANDARD OF CARE
DVT: The second most litigated malpractice complaint
This is a legal term that refers to the level of care that a similarly-trained and skilled doctor would have demonstrated under similar circumstances, and varies by case. In many DVT cases, the standard of care might require a doctor to prescribe blood thinners, direct the patient to walk around as quickly as possible after surgery, avoid the use of a tourniquet, use a compression sleeve, or test for DVT. DVT devices and products provide risk mitigation due to the ability to provide tangible reporting of patient compliance, complete with time, date and interval stamps on usage.
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