SOURCE: Coalition To Prevent Deep-Vein Thrombosis

March 11, 2009 12:00 ET

Sixth Annual DVT Screening Month Kicked Off on March 10th

Join The Coalition to Prevent DVT in Educating the Public About the Importance of DVT Awareness Month

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - March 11, 2009) - Join The Coalition to Prevent Deep-Vein Thrombosis in 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. A customized recreational vehicle will visit hospitals and local communities nationwide, promoting the importance of having healthcare professionals assess patients for their risk of developing DVT. The RV's first stop was in New York on March 10, 2009 and will roll out to 14 cities across the nation.

This year, The Coalition also launched National Screening Day on March 10th. In fact, the U.S. House of Representatives is introducing a resolution to designate the second Tuesday in March as National DVT Screening Day to underscore DVT as a national public health priority. The goal is to encourage healthcare organizations and professionals to educate patients and colleagues about the importance of DVT risk assessment. In the last five years, The Coalition has made great strides in raising awareness, including the recent success of a Call to Action on DVT and its primary complication, pulmonary embolism (PE), issued by the Office of the Surgeon General -- but more needs to be done. DVT still remains a national public health crisis.

Did you know?

--  In the United States, DVT affects up to 2 million people annually.
--  Approximately 300,000 Americans die each year from PE, the majority of
    which result from DVT
--  DVT-related PE is the most common cause of preventable hospital death
--  Complications from DVT kill more people each year in the U.S. than
    breast cancer and AIDS combined.

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About The Coalition to Prevent Deep-Vein Thrombosis:

In February 2003, more than 60 organizations assembled at the Public Health Leadership Conference on Deep-Vein Thrombosis in Washington, D.C. to discuss the urgent need to make DVT a major U.S. public health priority. As a result of this meeting, which was co-hosted by the American Public Health Association (APHA) and Centers for disease control and Prevention (CDC) and funded by sanofi-aventis, participants agreed to establish a Coalition of organizations committed to educating the public and healthcare community about DVT.

In August 2003, national thought leaders and representatives from key organizations, including the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Public Health Association and the Society of Hospital Medicine met to set and guide the direction of The Coalition to Prevent DVT. A key outcome of this meeting was the decision to sponsor DVT Awareness Month, a campaign to bring DVT into the public eye on a national and local level. The inaugural DVT Awareness Month took place in March 2004.

To date, more than 60 organizations have joined The Coalition to Prevent DVT in a united effort to raise awareness of this serious medical condition among consumers, healthcare professionals, policy-makers and public health leaders.

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