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Toby Perkins MP praises local pharmasist for helping to combat UK’s biggest hospital killer

Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins last week presented an award to local pharmacist, Anna Braithwaite, in recognition of her work to combat the UK’s biggest hospital killer – thrombosis (blood clots).

At the inaugural Lifeblood Thombosis Prevention Awards ceremony held in Parliament this week, to recognise exceptional work to prevent thrombosis by organisations and individuals across the NHS, just six health professionals were presented with the prestigious award.

Ms Braithwaite, principle pharmacist at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was praised for providing exemplary leadership in thrombosis prevention, by developing comprehensive and effective prevention strategies. The awards – the first of their kind in the UK – were established to demonstrate the importance of clinical leadership to combat the hospital killer that accounts for up to 25,000 avoidable deaths every year in the UK.

Toby Perkins said:

“Pharmacists have a very important role in delivering the national thrombosis prevention programme. Anna has been the driving force behind development of an excellent prevention programme in her Trust. She has worked with her colleagues to raise awareness about the condition and pushed risk assessment and prophylaxis rates, to ensure her hospital is a much safer place for patients.”

“Thrombosis is a devastating killer. It is astonishing to think that 500 people die each week in our hospitals from this largely preventable condition. Making sure that people are aware of the dangers of developing blood clots, particularly during hospital stays, and ensuring they are properly risk-assessed by hospital staff , will go a long way to reducing the thousands of preventable deaths from this potentially fatal condition.” 

A deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot in the veins of the lower body, which can particularly form when someone is immobile and unwell. Part or all of the clot can detach and travel through the blood system where it can block the arteries supplying the lungs – a pulmonary embolism – which can be fatal. Thrombosis is the immediate cause of death in 10% of all patients who die in hospital although most blood clots show up after the patient has left hospital.

Professor Beverley Hunt, Director of thrombosis charity, Lifeblood and leading haematologist, said:

“Anna Braithwaite’s work is making a really important contribution to helping the campaign to prevent the 1000s of unnecessary deaths from thrombosis. The award is very well deserved and we need as many front line staff in the NHS to get involved and become local champions for thrombosis prevention.”

Hospital-acquired infections, such as MRSA and C. Difficile, account for less than 10,000 deaths a year compared to the estimated preventable 25,000 deaths caused each year by hospital acquired thrombosis.

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