Assessment model may help prevent blood clots

December 2, 2010

Assessment model may help prevent blood clots
Assessment model may help prevent blood clots

As is the case with any medical procedure, plastic surgery carries with it a list of inherent risks, but researchers as the University of Michigan Medical School hope they have found away to reduce the risk of one of them.

Scientists published findings which indicate that a tool may be used before surgery to minimize the risk of blood clots, women's health website EmpowHer.com reports.

The research focused on the use of the Caprini Risk Assessment Model, which can predict a patients risk for developing a dangerous blood clot. The model looks at a number of factors including medications, age and weight. According to the news source, it then assigns a score from 1 to 10. Those with a score of 8 or higher have proven to have a 10 percent risk of developing a clot after surgery.

The problem with clots is that they can reduce the amount of blood flow to vital organs and can sometimes be fatal.

Along with assessments such as the Caprini RAM, patients should meet with their surgeon before a procedure to discuss important topics such as the surgery itself as well as the desired results.


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