Thrombosis UK raise concerns about delayed and missed diagnosis of VTE

Thrombosis UK works to increase awareness, understanding and support for all those affected by or at risk of blood clots, also known as ‘venous thromboembolism’ (VTE) the umbrella term for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).

Recent newspaper articles drawn on the Parliamentary debate about the tragic death of Emily Chesterton due to an undiagnosed venous thromboembolism (VTE) or blood clot and the role of Associate Physicians.

The charity is devastated to hear of Emily’s death and the tragic events surrounding this, and sadly, this news is typical of frequent contact we receive from families and loved ones who have lost someone dear to them due to a missed diagnosis of VTE. This happens in primary or secondary care by ALL GRADES OF HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS.

VTE is common and 1 in 20 people will experience a thrombotic event at some point in their life. However, despite frequency, the common signs, and symptoms of this ‘Cinderella’ condition are NOT UNDERSTOOD by all levels of health care practitioners.