"Could better instructions have helped to avoid DVT after fractured foot."

About: The Northern Hospital

(as a relative),

My niece fractured her foot earlier this year. She was sent home with instructions to keep her foot elevated and non-weight bear. She was not told about the risk of DVT nor given any instructions for prophylactic management of this risk.

At her follow up appointment in Fracture Clinic 2 weeks later, she complained of calf pain. An ultrasound found a large DVT in her calf for which she is now receiving drug therapy. This could all have been avoided with some words of wisdom early on!

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