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Friday, March 24, 2006

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness

(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.

Submitted by:
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  

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