Blood Clots are the Leading Cause of Death in Hospitalized Patients; Be an Advocate & Request a VTE Risk Assessment

Being in the hospital is a major risk factor for the development of a life-threatening blood clot called venous thromboembolism (VTE).

Anyone with decreased mobility due to bedrest or recovery, who experienced blood vessel trauma due to surgery or other serious injury are more likely to develop blood clots. This also applies to patients facing long hospital stays due to cancer, pregnancy, and others.

Patients who may have put off elective procedures during the pandemic may now be rescheduling these procedures, leading to new hospital stays.


Thrombosis – the formation of a blood clot in a blood vessel. The vessel may be any vein or artery as for example, in a deep vein thrombosis (venous) or a coronary artery (arterial). Watch a short video from the World Thrombosis Day campaign to learn more about how a blood clot forms.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) – a condition where a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the leg.

Pulmonary Embolism (PE) – when a blood clot travels in the circulation and lodges in the lungs.

Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) – one of the top three cardiovascular killers, caused by the combination of DVT and PE.


“Blood clots are one of the most often overlooked conditions formed due to being unwell in hospital. Luckily we can risk assess people admitted to hospital and if they are at risk, reduce the risk with small doses of blood thinners. Often the clots occur after discharge so being aware of the signs, symptoms of deep vein thromboses and pulmonary emboli can be the difference between life and death. This knowledge is as important for the patient to have as it is for the medical professional.”

– Prof. Beverley Hunt, O.B.E., World Thrombosis Day Steering Committee Chair, Professor of Thrombosis and Haemostasis at King’s College, and Co-Founder and Medical Director of Thrombosis UK.


*World Thrombosis Day experts recommend that all hospitalized patients facing prolonged immobility or

with outstanding risk factors be proactive by asking their doctors for a VTE Risk Assessment which is a simple questionnaire gathering information about a patient’s age,

medical history, medications and specific lifestyle factors.

This assessment may lead to additional testing or procedures including the following:

DDimer blood test – monitors for a protein fragment from the breakdown of a blood clot.

Ultrasound – scan of the arm or leg to look for DVT.

CAT scan – scan of the chest with intravenous dye to look for a PE.

Also, patients should ask whether they are a candidate for preventive methods referred to as prophylaxis, which can include the following:

Anti-clotting medications (e.g., anticoagulants)

Mechanical devices (e.g., intermittent pneumatic compression devices or rapid inflation venous foot pumps, graded compression stockings or compression stockings)




Up to 60 percent of all VTE cases occur during or within 90 days of hospitalization, making it a leading cause of hospital death.

To prevent VTE, hospital staff should evaluate patients for their risk of developing blood clots and use proper prevention and treatment procedures.


In the UK, upwards of 32,000 cases of hospital-associated VTE occur every year

In the U.S., more than 550,000 hospitalized patients develop VTE every year

In Australia, 30,000 cases of hospital-associated VTE occur every year


  • Orthopedic Surgery (e.g., total hip or knee surgery)
  • Major general surgery (especially involving the abdomen, pelvis, hip or legs)
  • Major gynecological surgery
  • Urological surgery
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Major peripheral vascular surgery
  • Chemotherapy for cancer treatment

DVT Joins BigCommerce Agency Partner Program

Jason Bramsden, Managing Director at DVT (UK)

DVT offers ‘go big with microservices’ to help accelerate business growth and reduce costs of traditional monolithic eCommerce applications.  

DVT London, United Kingdom. – 25th August, 2020 — DVT, a cloud microservices development company, ​today announced it has officially become a BigCommerce Agency Partner. As a member of the BigCommerce Partner Program, DVT will now be able to offer clients headless eCommerce microservices powered by BigCommerce,​ a leading open SaaS commerce platform for fast-growing and established brands.

Jason Bramsden, Managing Director at DVT (UK) says, “Businesses struggle with costs, security and scalability with their old legacy monolithic applications. They find it difficult to be flexible enough to include ever-changing features within eCommerce across multiple channel touchpoints. Business adaptation to market change is confined by slow release cycles and legacy ‘Business As Usual’ work getting in the way of progress”.

“Microservices is a key part of modernising traditional applications, by having services broken into smaller scalable units that reduce costs whilst adding flexibility. To add to our ‘application modernisation to microservice’ offerings we have selected BigCommerce to be our eCommerce microservice provider for businesses and merchants that are looking for a true SaaS headless API eCommerce solution.”

DVT is a global custom software development company that helps businesses build solutions that are scalable, flexible and reduce costs. Application Modernisation with Microservices into the Cloud is one of our key services that help businesses quickly adapt to an ever-changing world. BigCommerce’s true SaaS eCommerce solution allows all businesses to sell products and services across a multitude of channels.

Daniel Fertig, Global Director of Agency Partnerships at BigCommerce said, “At BigCommerce, our core focus is providing our merchants access to all the tools and services they need to build, innovate and grow – and that includes introducing them to industry-leading agencies like DVT. I’m excited to welcome such a talented and well-respected agency into the BigCommerce partner program and look forward to working with them to bring additional value to BigCommerce merchants seeking a top-notch website experience.”

Tens of thousands of BigCommerce merchants have access to the platform’s robust agency partner ecosystem for support in creating differentiated shopping experiences to fuel their growth. Therefore, BigCommerce Agency Partners are carefully selected on the basis of offering best-in-class technologies, value and superior customer service.

About DVT

DVT’s technology teams have been turning great ideas into great software for more than 20 years. Founded in 1999, DVT provides high impact business software solutions for clients in South Africa and across the globe. Our comprehensive solutions and resourcing services are delivered by high performing Agile technology teams that are either dedicated teams on-site/working remotely, client co-sourced, turn-key project teams or key skilled staff augmentation.

DVT’s range of services includes custom software development, UX/UI design, DevOps, Cloud Application Development, BI and data analytics, Intelligent Automation including RPA, AI, Machine Learning (ML), data science, solution delivery management, business analysis, Agile consulting and training.

DVT employs more than 500 staff globally, with offices in the UK (London) and in South Africa. DVT is a wholly owned subsidiary of Dynamic Technologies, a software and technology group with 1100+ staff across South Africa, the UK, the US and Europe. www.dvtsoftware.com

About BigCommerce

BigCommerce (Nasdaq: BIGC) is a leading software-as-a-service (SaaS) ecommerce platform that empowers merchants of all sizes to build, innovate and grow their businesses online. As a leading open SaaS solution, BigCommerce provides merchants sophisticated enterprise-grade functionality, customization and performance with simplicity and ease-of-use. Tens of thousands of B2B and B2C companies across 120 countries and numerous industries use BigCommerce to create beautiful, engaging online stores, including Ben & Jerry’s, Skullcandy, Sony and Woolrich. Headquartered in Austin, BigCommerce has offices in San Francisco, Sydney and London. Learn more at www.bigcommerce.com.

BigCommerce® is a registered trademark of BigCommerce Pty. Ltd. Third-party trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners.

Editorial contacts: Karen Heydenrych, DVT communications manager, +27 83 302 9494, kheydenrych@jhb.dvt.co.za

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