Stop the clot: MP lends his support to thrombosis awareness campaign

David Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, is pictured at a campaign event organised by the Lifeblood, the thrombosis charity, at the House of Commons on Wednesday (16 June).

He lent his support to a campaign to help raise awareness about the estimated 25,000 preventable deaths caused each year from hospital acquired thrombosis – the UK’s single biggest preventable hospital killer.

The ‘stop the clot’ initiative, spearheaded by the charity Lifeblood, is a week-long campaign to reach out to the general public and undergraduate medics, to improve understanding about the risks of developing deep vein thrombosis in hospital.

Mr Evennett was briefed by the team at Lifeblood about the risks of developing thrombosis and had his picture taken with a giant blood clot, to remind people about how thrombosis is caused. A deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot in the veins of the lower body, which can particularly form when someone is immobile and unwell. Part or all of the clot can detach and travel through the blood system where it can block the arteries supplying the lungs – a pulmonary embolism – which can be fatal.

Thrombosis is the immediate cause of death in 10% of all patients who die in hospital although most blood clots show up after the patient has left hospital.

National Thrombosis Week was June 1st – 5th.