(Pictured: Victoria Hawkins DrPh, RN)
Every year nearly one million people in the US develop deep vein thrombosis or DVT (blood clot in a vein) and almost one-third of these cases end in death from complications. (1)
Conditions that can put you at risk for DVT include long-distance air travel, hospitalization for 72 hours or more, pneumonia, advanced age, obesity, varicose veins, hormone therapy, and cancer, as well as a history of previous DVT, stroke, heart failure, emphysema, or inherited conditions that predispose to clots.
The good news is that DVT is preventable. For more information visit Prevent DVT
(1) Heit JA, Cohen AT. Anderson FA et al on behalf of the VTE Impact Assessment Group. Estimated annual number of incident and recurrent, non-fatal and fatal venous thromboembolism (VTE) events in the US. Poster 68 presented at: American Society of Hematology, 47th Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, December 10-13, 2005.
Victoria Hawkins, DrPH, RN
Practice Outcomes Nurse Specialist
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
The National Nursing Network Organization Team—Friday, March 24, 2006