Call to ac­tion on clots

Wanneroo Times - - News -

WHEN An­gela Jenk­ins gave birth to her sec­ond child 20 years ago, she had no idea that less than two weeks af­ter go­ing home with her baby she would re­turn to hos­pi­tal fight­ing for her life.

The Wood­vale res­i­dent said she de­vel­oped a blood clot fol­low­ing her preg­nancy in the UK and since then has been on daily blood thin­ning med­i­ca­tion.

“I was taken to my lo­cal hos­pi­tal and af­ter a week was taken to a ma­jor ter­tiary cen­tre for more ad­vanced treat­ment,” she said.

“My dad had died the pre­vi­ous year and my mum, who lived in Perth, came over as a sur­prise for the birth of my baby.

“She was only due to stay two weeks but ended up stay­ing 11 weeks be­cause I was just so sick.

“My mum and hubby had to look af­ter my three­year-old and my new baby be­cause I was in hos­pi­tal for five weeks and could only walk us­ing a Zim­mer frame.”

Af­ter re­cov­er­ing, Mrs Jenk­ins moved to Perth to be closer to her mum and ended up work­ing at Joon­dalup Health Cam­pus, where she is a ward clerk.

She re­cently joined forces with for­mer Nurse of the year and pa­tient blood man­age­ment con­sul­tant Angie Monk to pro­mote Ve­nous Throm­boem­bolism (VTE) Aware­ness Week in Oc­to­ber.

Ms Monk said a throm­bo­sis was a blood clot that formed in a per­son’s artery or veins.

“It is the one dis­or­der that causes the world’s top three car­dio­vas­cu­lar killers – heart at­tack, stroke and VTE, a blood clot that is found mostly in the leg and lungs,” she said.

“VTE is the lead­ing cause of death and dis­abil­ity world­wide.

“More than two-thirds of blood clots in the leg re­sult from be­ing in hos­pi­tal, where peo­ple can be im­mo­bile for longer than usual.

“There is plenty of things we can do to pre­vent or re­duce the risk of VTE. If you’re go­ing to the hos­pi­tal, ask staff what your VTE risk as­sess­ment shows.

“Cer­tain fac­tors in­crease your risk, such as age, can­cer, fam­ily his­tory or be­ing on the pill or hor­mone re­place­ment ther­apy.

“The key mes­sage for pa­tients is to keep mov­ing and drink plenty of wa­ter.”

Pa­tient blood man­age­ment/anti-co­ag­u­la­tion nurse con­sul­tant Angie Monk and ve­nous throm­boem­bolism sur­vivor An­gela Jenk­ins spent the week pro­mot­ing the mes­sage on how to pre­vent blood clots.

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