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Coalition to Prevent Deep-Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Turns Awareness Into Action as it Declares First-Of-Its-Kind National DVT Screening Day
Date:3/25/2008

mbers have worked steadily for five years to raise public awareness of DVT and PE, but now it is time to turn that awareness into professional action," explained Geno Merli, M.D., Coalition to Prevent DVT Steering Committee member and Chief Medical Officer, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. "On this day, we are challenging hospitals to risk assess for this often-under-recognized condition."

The National Screening Day launches at the Cleveland Clinic with an awareness event at 11:00 a.m. featuring ESPN Sportscaster Bonnie Bernstein.

Among the resources for DVT screening and treatment that healthcare professionals can follow, the Coalition suggests that providers refer to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which offers an expanded set of inpatient hospital quality measures that include details on DVT risk assessment. As part of the CMS Quality Initiative, such guidelines provide evidence-based measures to improve patient safety and the quality of clinical care. For additional information surrounding CMS quality initiatives visit http://www.cms.hhs.gov/HospitalQualityInits/35_HospitalPremier.asp.

DVT occurs when a thrombus or blood clot forms in one of the large veins, usually in the lower limbs, leading to either partially or completely blocked circulation. A DVT blood clot has the potential to move into the lungs and block circulation to this vital organ, creating a life-threatening condition -- PE -- that requires immediate medical attention. For more information about The Coalition to Prevent DVT and the National DVT Screening Day visit http://www.preventdvt.org.

About DVT Awareness Month

National DVT Screening Day and DVT Awareness Month are being sponsored by the Coalition to Prevent DVT to raise awareness of this serious medical conditio
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