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World Thrombosis Day

04 October 2017

World Thrombosis Day

Come to CUH on the 10th of October for World Thrombosis Day

CUH is proud to support World Thrombosis Day on the 10th of October. This day focuses attention on life-threatening but preventable blood clots. These clots are usually found in the leg or lung and are known collectively as Venous Thromboembolism (VTE). VTE is the leading cause of preventable hospital death, ahead of infection and pneumonia. Did you know that VTE kills over half a million people in Europe every year and is responsible for more deaths than AIDS, breast cancer, prostate cancer and motor vehicle accidents combined. Over 60% of cases of VTE are linked to hospital admission and many can be prevented using clot prevention measures, such as assessing patients for their risk of developing a blood clot while in hospital and treating them accordingly.

Worldwide, 1 in 4 die from causes related to blood clots (thrombosis). Don’t be the 1, know the risks, signs and symptoms of a life-threatening clot.

We are hosting an information day here in CUH on the 10th of October to raise awareness of VTE and would like to invite you to attend. Our consultant haematologist Dr Susan O’Shea, nurses, pharmacists and the patient support group Thrombosis Ireland will give a talk on VTE and prevention in the Auditorium in CUH (by main reception) at 10am until 12 noon. We will then host a staff education session at 1pm.

We would also like to invite you to visit one of our information stands which will be located by main reception, the outpatients department and in the staff canteen. We will have information leaflets on the risks, signs and symptoms of VTE as well as information on how to prevent blood clots. We will have a quiz on blood clots. You can also meet our haematology team at these stands who will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Remember VTE does not discriminate. It can affect anyone regardless of age, ethnicity or gender. The best thing you
can do to protect yourself from a life-threatening blood clot is to know if you are at risk. Come to CUH on Tuesday the
10th of October to find out more. If you are admitted to hospital ask your doctor or nurse for a VTE risk assessment, which is available in your drug prescription chart. If you cannot make it to CUH on the 10th of October contact your GP if you are concerned about your risk.