What are the voluntary measures patients can take?

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Hi all,

Patients should be encouraged to wear DVT stockings if they are having a major operation and information about make and availability needs to be available ahead of the date of surgery.  Perahps there could be a leaflet or poster in the dispensing area of the local pharmacy that illustrates what the benefits are of wearing DVT stockings prior to surgery.  This might also assist travellers who are flying a long distance and would benefit from wearing DVT stockings.  In the same way as for patients, travellers need the information long before the day of travel because the socks might not be avaialle in the right size at the airport.  Even as a Christmas or Birthday present the socks would be appreciated as a gesture of care and good sense from family and friends.

Best wishes, CV


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    I quite agree.  I had multiple pulmonary embolisms over 2 years ago and asked about a flight to Africa (this year) and was told the maximum flight time I could travel was 7 hours before I am at risk of a further clot!  I was also recommended to wear DVT stockings, and may have to be measured for them.  It is a good idea as a present if someone is going away on a "long haul" holiday.  
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    Hi Catherine & Cathy 424, I had multiple bilateral PE's un Feb this year. I was told 4 hours was the longest stretch I should fly before having a break and I still have to wear the compression stockings
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    Hi everyone

    I had a DVT + large saddle embolism in Jan of this year after a long haul flight.  Now on warfarin for life.  My consultant never mentioned wearing DVT stockings at all.  Later I asked my GP and was prescribed some then.  I wore them for about 3 months then stopped of my own accord.  I was told there were no restrictions re long haul flights so long as I was within my therapeutic range and wore the stockings on the flight.  Wouldn't it be nice if there was some consensus of opinion!!!

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    Hi everyone, OMG so many different opinions, how are we supose to feel safe when even the specialist cannot agree
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