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Today is World Thrombosis Day

13 October 2015

One in four deaths worldwide are related to thrombosis, the formation of potentially deadly blood clots. Recognised annually on 13 October, World Thrombosis Day (WTD) places a global spotlight on thrombosis as an urgent and growing health problem.

Led by the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) in collaboration with hundreds of international and national professional health and medical organisations and health advocates, WTD seeks to increase global awareness of thrombosis, including its causes, risk factors, signs/symptoms and evidence-based prevention and treatment.
Know the signs and symptoms of VTR
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) refers collectively to: Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot that occurs in a deep vein (usually in the leg); and Pulmonary embolism (PE), a blood clot that breaks loose and travels to the lungs. This is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical care.

It is estimated that VTE causes approximately 5,000 deaths in Australia every year[i]. In addition to costing lives, VTE costs billions in economic burden to countries worldwide. In Australia VTE is connected with 7 per cent of hospital deaths and an overall annual cost of $1.72 billion dollars[ii]. Currently, hospitals in Australia are not required to assess all incoming patients for their risk of developing VTE, despite the fact that up to 60 percent of all VTE cases are hospital associated.[iii]

Research conducted in 2013 revealed:
48 per cent of Australian hospital patients surveyed have not heard of VTE
Only two per cent of patients surveyed were concerned about VTE during their hospital stay
During a previous hospital stay or when planning a future stay, VTE was mentioned by HCPs to just over one third of patients (36%)
Once individuals are aware of VTE, 84 per cent are extremely or very likely to prefer to go to a hospital with best practice VTE prevention

There is hope. By becoming more familiar with the signs and symptoms of DVT and PE we have a chance to improve management and potentially save lives. Share the signs and symptoms with your network of family and friends.

For more information visit:

WATCH: Auckland City Hospital go to inspiring lengths to raise awareness of VTE:

[1] Jha AK, Larizgoitia I, Audera-Lopez C, Prasopa-Plaizier N, Waters H, Bates DW. The global burden of unsafe medical care: analytic modelling of observational studies. BMJ Qual Saf 2013; 22: 809-15.
[1] Lozano R, Naghavi M, Foreman K, Lim S, Shibuya K, Aboyans V, Abraham J, Adair T, Aggarwal R, Ahn SY, Alvarado M, Anderson HR, Anderson LM, Andrews KG, Atkinson C, Baddour LM, Barker-Collo S, Bartels DH, Bell ML, Benjamin EJ, et al. Global and regional mortality from 235 causes of death for 20 age groups in 1990 and 2010: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. Lancet 2012; 380: 2095-128.
[1] Heit JA. The epidemiology of venous thromboembolism in the community. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol 2008; 28: 370-2.

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