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Coalition to Prevent Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Seeks New Icon to Raise Awareness and Increase Dialogue
Date:3/4/2008

wear designs. Leg wear designs will be unveiled in May in connection with the Parsons 2008 AAS Line Debut, an exhibit of work by graduating students. One of the student designs unveiled will be used as an inspiration for the new DVT Awareness icon.

Each year, up to two million people in the United States suffer from DVT and approximately 600,000 Americans are hospitalized for the condition and the complication PE. In fact, DVT-related PE is the most common cause of preventable hospital death. Certain individuals may be at increased risk for developing DVT, but it can occur in almost anyone.

"Several years ago, we lost faculty member and alumna Stacie Nipps to pulmonary embolism (PE) caused by DVT, so raising awareness of this disease is important to the Parsons community," said Pamela Klein, Chair, Associate in Applied Science Degree Programs, Parsons The New School for Design. "Our partnership with the Coalition reflects Parsons' long history of engaging students in projects that address social issues through design."

As part of DVT Awareness by Design, the Coalition's National Patient Spokesperson, Melanie Bloom, will be traveling across the country on a nationwide hospital - and policy-based campaign created to educate Americans and boost awareness through a hands-on design approach.

In addition, to ensure that the Coalition is also affecting changes to support early detection and diagnosis, the Coalition is declaring National DVT Screening Day this March. This serves as a call to action to challenge hospitals across the country to assess patients' risk for DVT and its primary complication, PE. Raising awareness of this condition is the first step to reducing the risk of death and disability that DVT and its complications may cause.

"The Coalition's success in raising awareness of DVT among the general public has been encouraging thus far," said Dr. Geno Merli, Coalition to Prevent DVT Steering Committee member and Chi
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