BLS managing lymphoedema and DVT guideline
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) affects around 1 person in every 1,000 in the UK. DVT occurs when a thrombus (blood clot) forms in one or more of the deep veins. It is most commonly seen in the legs, but can also be seen in the arms. The blood clot(s) can cause an obstruction of the return of venous blood from the extremities.
It is recognised that patients with pre-existing lymphoedema can develop DVTs, and that patients who get DVTs are very likely to develop chronic oedema/lymphoedema as part of post thrombotic syndrome. This Guidelines for Nurses summary covers practical information for clinical decision-making surrounding the management of DVT and lymphoedema.