DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) Awareness Month
DVT Awareness by Design
Marie B. Walker
Updated February, 2008
March is Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month! Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month is a multi-faceted campaign aimed at raising awareness among consumers, healthcare professionals and policy-makers about DVT and PE on a national and local level. Click here to learn more about Deep Vein Thrombosis Awareness Month.
Below you will find information on activities going on across America in support of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) awareness. If you are hosting or know of a DVT Awareness activity that is not listed, please let me know and I will add it. You can contact me directly with your DVT Awareness activities at email@example.com
DVT Awareness by Design - Show us Your Socks!
The Coalition to Prevent Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is inviting you, healthcare communities and individuals across the country to participate in DVT Awareness by Design.
DVT Awareness by Design is a visual way for people to show their support and increase awareness for DVT. We hope that by designing a sock and wearing it proudly during DVT Awareness Month in March, you will serve as an ambassador in your community to educate colleagues, patients, friends and family about DVT care and treatment.
DVT Awareness by Design goes beyond building awareness of signs and symptoms by actively empowering healthcare communities and individuals to show their support through designing and personalizing their own socks, to showcase what DVT means to them. Together, we can provide meaningful education and information that is both engaging and effective in raising awareness for a condition that affects up to three million Americans annually.
Be sure to take a picture of yourself wearing your DVT Awareness sock(s) and send it to the DVT Coalition to be posted in the DVT Awareness by Design Photo Album. You are also welcome to send your pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will post it in our photo album. If you email us your picture, you are also welcome to include a suggested caption.
Special Note for Healthcare Professionals: The DVT Coalition has DVT Awareness by Design Kits and DVT Awareness Public Service Announcement posters available for use in your healthcare communities. For more information, click here to visit the DVT Awareness by Design website for healthcare professionals.
Tell a Friend About Deep Vein Thrombosis
You can help spread awareness of deep vein thrombosis by sending an email to your friends and colleagues. We have created an email form to help you spread the word. Click here to complete the email form to start spreading the word about deep vein thrombosis.
Post Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Fliers
We invite you to help spread awareness by posting fliers about Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month in your clinics and communities. Please only post these fliers in places where you have permission or authority to do so. The flier includes important facts about DVT and ClotCare's Web address so that interested individuals know where to get more information. Click here to download the flier. Note that the flier is a pdf document. If you have any trouble with the download, please let me know at email@example.com.
Share Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Handouts
Click here to download a handout with key facts about deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. You can certainly post this handout as a flier, but it has both a front and a back, so it can serve as a handout, too.
DVT & PE Facts Handout
DVT Risk Assessment Tool
Click here to download the DVT risk assessment tool provided by the Coalition to Prevent Deep-Vein Thrombosis. You can complete the DVT risk assessment and share the results with your healthcare provider. Please share the DVT risk assessment tool with your friends and family, too.
DVT Awareness Month PSA
Click on the links below to view recent Deep-Vein Thrombosis Awareness Public Service Announcements from the Coalition to Prevent DVT. Each video may take a few moments to load.
View the 2008 DVT Awareness PSA
View the 2007 DVT Awareness PSA
View the 2006 DVT Awareness PSA
Share Your DVT Awareness Ideas
How are you working to promote awareness of DVT in your community? Please share your ideas with us, and we will share them with others. You may send your ideas to Marie Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DVT Awareness Month Ideas
Write a letter to your local news stations
Post DVT Awareness Month fliers in public locations such as libraries, community centers, and local gyms
Ask your employer to highlight DVT Awareness Month in an internal newsletter
Let all your friends and family members know (try our Tell a Friend Email)
Share your story with the Coalition to Prevent DVT
Blood Clots and Blood Clotting Disorders
Key Issues in Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention
The National Alliance for Thrombosis and Thrombophilia (NATT) invites you to attend a free education seminar on blood clots and blood clotting disorders. The seminar will be held Saturday, March 1, 2008 from 8 AM to 4:15 PM in Raleigh-Durham, NC.
Click here for complete details about this free seminar on blood clots such as DVT.
Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Program
Featuring: Melanie Bloom, National Patient Spokesperson, Coalition to Prevent DVT
Date & Time: March 11, 2008, 2:00-3:00PM
Location: University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, UT
Sponsored by: University of Utah Thrombosis Service & University of Utah 5 Med Nursing Staff
If you have any questions, please call 801-581-7818.
Click here to download a flier with more information about this DVT Awareness Month event.
Venous Thromboembolism: The Clinical Science and the Practice
Featuring Melanie Bloom
Date: Friday March 14, 2008 at 08:30 AM
Symposium Location: UNC Friday Center
Chapel Hill, NC
Audience: Internists, family practitioners, surgeons, pulmonologists, intensivists, hospitalists, cardiologists, hematologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists
Program Summary: The primary goal of this program is to improve healthcare providers’ understanding of the clinical science and practice of the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of venous thromboembolism. The daylong symposium is divided into a general session followed by concurrent workshops. The range of topics will be applicable to inpatient and outpatient issues of venous thromboembolism and should be of interest to specialists as well as generalists. Significant emphasis will be placed on case presentations. A number of specific areas will also be addressed including JCAHO standards, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia, pregnancy, thrombophilias, and aggressive therapies. Coincidental to the March 14 date, March is national thromboembolism month in the US.
Physician Continuing Medical Education: Professional Resources in Management Education, Inc. (PRIME®) designates this educational activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. AMA PRA Category 1 Credit is a trademark of the American Medical Association. PRIME® is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Physician Assistant Continuing Education: AAPA accepts prescribed credit from AMA Category 1 CME credit for the PRA from PRIME as an accredited provider of ACCME.
For more information or to register online, go to http://www.primeinc.org/symposia/92.html
Venous Screening Day
When: March 22, 2008
8:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
Dover, New Hampshire
Register: To register for a screening, call 603-740-2817. Appointments will be scheduled for a 15 minute time slot.
Where: Massachusetts General Hospital
When: Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Thrombosis Focus is a main corridor event for the hospital community. Information about DVT risk assessment, treatment, and prevention will be displayed in the main corridor. Those attending will have the opportunity to participate in lots of hands on opportunities, including "Design your own sock!". Thrombosis Focus is scheduled for Tuesday, March 25, 2008. Staff from the Anticoagulation Management Service and the Vascular Center (including a portable doppler machine) will be on hand to answer questions.
National DVT Screening Day
The DVT Coalition is challenging hospitals across the country to assess patients risk for DVT and a potentially fatal complication, pulmonary embolism (PE). Raising awareness of these issues is the first step to reducing the risk of death and disability that complications of DVT may cause.
Anticoagulation Symposium: Focus on Thrombosis Prevention and Treatment
Where: Massachusetts General Hospital
When: Friday, March 28, 2008
This symposium is a full-day conference targeted primarily for nurses at MGH and the surrounding community. More details are coming soon.