March is DVT Awareness Month

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03/05/09
The American Nurses Association (ANA), as a member of the Steering Committee of the Coalition to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), applauds the involvement of registered nurses across the U.S. as they join the Coalition in promoting awareness of DVT and the National DVT Awareness Month.

DVT occurs when a blood clot forms and partially or completely blocks blood flow inside a deep vein, typically located in the calf or thigh. If the blood clot breaks free and travels to the lungs – known as a pulmonary embolism (PE), it may obstruct the pulmonary artery or one of its branches, blocking blood flow to the heart. Each year, DVT-related complications kill up to 300,000 Americans.

Help this awareness to continue in the nursing population… kicking off the sixth annual National DVT Awareness Month! The Coalition to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis and its National Patient Spokesperson, Melanie Bloom, widow of NBC news correspondent David Bloom who died in Iraq due to complications of DVT, are fulfilling their commitment to educate Americans about the dangers of DVT by putting word on the street through a mobile campaign, Driving to Reduce the Risks of DVT.

The Coalition to Prevent DVT will launch its first nationwide tour to raise public awareness about DVT and to encourage dialogue between healthcare professionals and patients about this serious but preventable condition. A customized recreational vehicle will visit hospitals and local communities nationwide during the Driving to Reduce the Risks of DVT tour, promoting the importance of having healthcare professionals risk assess patients for DVT, including those who have cancer. The RV’s first stop will be at in New York City on March 10, 2009, and will be stopping at 15 other hospitals throughout the month.

For additional information visit www.preventdvt.org or contact meghan.cox@bm.com or 212.614.4962 to schedule an interview with one of spokespeople who are working to educate those most at risk for DVT.

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