Blood Clots, Patient Stories

Put the “M” Back in Maternal-Fetal Medicine: Implementing VTE Prevention Guidelines

By Lynn Razzano RN, MSN, ONCC

(This article was first published in Ob/Gyn.net.)

Every physician knows that venous thromboembolism (VTE) kills. Often, there are symptoms, such as pain and swelling in the leg or a severe headache. If a patient communicates these symptoms to you, there is a good chance that if a VTE is responsible it can be identified and managed. But sometimes, VTE is sudden and has catastrophic results, as it did with Amee VanTassell, pictured left with her father. She died from a blood clot 4 days after delivering her daughter via cesarean section at the age of 36. Read More