Blood clots can be very dangerous. When a person gets a blood clot in their lower extremities (their legs), the term for those clots is DVT or Deep Vein Thrombosis.
Another type of blood clot is one that occurs in a person’s lungs. These are called Pulmonary Embolisms or PE. Either type of blood clot can occur during or after surgery or if a person experiences an injury.
How does a blood clot form? Well, they occur when the clotting process is stimulated as the body attempts to stop bleeding and help close the surgical wound. The blood clot is formed by blood cells and the clotting factors when they work in conjunction with one another in order to create a protective scab over a healing wound. The issue comes in when the surgical procedure stimulates blood clots to form mistakenly in a person’s blood vessels. If this happens, the clot or clots may block the normal flow of blood in the person’s system.
By knowing all of this, you can help explain blood clots to your elderly clients. When you do, you are once again showing them that With Age Comes Respect. The more you know, the better off your clients will feel knowing that you have their best interests in mind!