Information for patients
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You have suffered an injury to your leg and the clinicians have advised that the best treatment is to treat you in an immobilisation device. This may be:
- A plaster cast
- A rigid splint
- A rigid boot, or similar
What are the associated risks?
We know that a small number of patients in these devices may suffer from a blood clot in their veins that causes symptoms when they have their injured leg immobilised (2 in 100 patients immobilised)1.
We have used a risk assessment tool to decide if you need medicine to reduce the risk of this occurring and you may have been prescribed either a tablet or an injection to reduce this risk.
Some people are at higher risk than others of developing a blood clot, this is taken into account by the risk assessment tool.
If you have not been prescribed any medicine it is likely that your risk is very small. If you notice any of the following symptoms you should return to the Emergency Department or Urgent Care Centre immediately:
- New pain in your leg (different to the injury pain)
- Swelling to the leg (if you have a removable cast / splint you will be able to tell this)
- Warm skin around the painful area
- Swollen veins of your leg
- Chest pain or feeling short of breath
- Bertoletti L, Righin M, Bounameeaux H, et al, Acute venous thromboembolism after non-major orthopaedic surgery or post-traumatic limb immobilisation. Thromb Haemost 2011;105:739-41
- Horner D, Goodacre S, Pandoor A et al. Thromboprophylaxis in lower limb immonbilisation after injury Emerg Med J 2020;37:36-41 https://emj.bmj.com/content/emermed/37/1/36.full.pdf
- DVT(dep vein thrombosis), NHS leaflet, 2019 https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/deep-vein-thrombosis-dvt/
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This leaflet has been produced in partnership with patients and carers. All patient leaflets are regularly reviewed, and any suggestions you have as to how it may be improved are extremely valuable. Please write to the Clinical Governance team, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospital of North Tees, TS19 8PE or:
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Leaflet reference: PIL1351
Date for review: 10 November 2024