If you’re off on holiday or you are travelling abroad for business, the last thing you want is to return nursing injuries, such as deep vein thrombosis. Here are some simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of being involved in travel accidents and avoid deep vein thrombosis.
How to avoid deep vein thrombosis
Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot develops in a deep vein and it is most commonly found in the legs. Although flying is generally very safe, there is a risk of DVT, especially on long-haul flights and it’s best to be aware of the risks before you start your journey. Doing some simple exercises and staying active can help to ensure you avoid deep vein thrombosis. Here are some tips to take on board with you:
- keep your feet and legs moving while you are seated; move the ankles up and down, pointing and then straightening the feet and rotating the ankles
- go for a walk up and down the aisle every 30-60 minutes
- stay hydrated
- avoid drinking alcohol
- seek medical advice if you experience symptoms such as a pain in your leg, swelling and a severe ache or feeling of heaviness in your leg
Who is at risk of DVT?
DVT affects around 1 in every 1,000 people in the UK at some point in their lives. The main risk factors are smoking, being overweight, family history of DVT and previous experience of clotting. Aside from doing exercises on the plane when you fly, you can also reduce your risk of developing a clot by keeping fit, maintaining a healthy and stable BMI (body mass index) and avoiding smoking.
What can I do if I’ve had an accident abroad?
If you’ve been injured abroad or you have been involved in a holiday accident, you should seek medical assistance immediately and note down all the details of your accident overseas. If the accident abroad wasn’t your fault, you may wish to consider claiming travel accident compensation. If the accident happened in the last 3 years and you can prove that your holiday injuries were caused by negligence displayed by another person or an organisation, call Accident Advice Helpline for expert advice about claiming no win, no fee* compensation. The phones lines are open 24 hours a day on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown