Healthcare professionals should do more to make hospital patients aware of the risk of blood clots, a report has suggested.
The claim, made by Lifeblood: The Thrombosis Charity, comes after research showed MRSA, hospital food and noisy wards were ranked as being more important than the condition - even though it accounts for an estimated 25,000 deaths each year.
Previous studies have claimed that blood clots kill more people in hospital than breast cancer, AIDS and traffic accidents combined.
Professor Beverly Hunt, medical director of Lifeblood: The Thrombosis Charity, said: “This is a widespread, life-threatening problem - both healthcare professionals and the public have a part to play to ensure that this leading cause of death is prevented as much as possible.
“Today’s research clearly shows that there is a huge education gap concerning hospital acquired blood clots. We call for patients to engage in discussion with healthcare professionals to ensure they are fully informed about the risks involved.”
A total of 1,000 people took part in the poll, including 758 who had stayed overnight in hospital to undergo surgery.