Published Tue, 2012-02-14 16:36; updated 2 years ago.

Some hospitals, helpfully offer check lists of what you should pack before having an operation.

Few, include a prompt to remember to ask if you have been assessed for your risk of a deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

A DVT is a blood clot in a deep vein that can be fatal, if left untreated.

It is estimated up to 32,000 people die every year in the UK due to a preventable blood clot in hospital.

It is a Government recommendation that every patient in hospital receives a blood-clot risk assessment.

The charity, Stop the Clot, recommends people who are going into hospital ask a ward doctor or nurse for a blood clot risk assessment soon after arriving in hospital.

If you are at risk of developing a clot, being given thromboprophylaxis, which helps to prevent a blood clot from forming, is a likely course of action.

People who are at risk are those who are:

  • Over 40
  • Cancer or chemotherapy
  • Taking the combined contraceptive pill or hormone replacement therapy
  • Leading a sedentary lifestyle
  • Smokers
  • Obese
  • Pregnant

Or who have a history of blood clots.

Whatever you condition, you should be assessed for your risk. If you haven’t been asked those questions, make sure you ask someone to ask you.

Due for review February 2013