Stop the Clot, Spread the Word™ campaign launches new educational tools to raise awareness about the risk of blood clots related to hospitalization
The National Blood Clot Alliance (NBCA) has launched new content for its acclaimed Stop the Clot, Spread the Word™ campaign with the Division of Blood Disorders at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. The Stop the Clot, Spread the Word™ campaign, first launched in 2015, is designed to increase general awareness about life-threatening blood clots. This year, the campaign aims to sharpen people’s awareness about the increased risk for blood clots if they are about to be hospitalized or have recently been discharged from the hospital. People are encouraged to discuss their individual risks for blood clots with their doctor and work together to develop a prevention plan before they enter the hospital.
Up to 900,000 people in the United States each year are affected by blood clots in their legs (deep vein thrombosis or DVT) and blood clots in their lungs (pulmonary embolism or PE). Annually, up to 100,000 Americans – or an average of one person every six minutes – will die due to a blood clot. Although anyone can develop a blood clot, about half of blood clots are related to a recent hospital stay or surgery, and most of these do not occur until after leaving the hospital.
“Many blood clots can be prevented. Improving education for both patients and healthcare providers is essential and a key step to saving lives. Together, we can protect more patients from developing deadly blood clots and help those that do, get treatment sooner,” explains Coleen A. Boyle, PhD, MSHyg, Director of CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.
“About 70 percent of blood clots can be prevented, but fewer than 50 percent of hospital patients receive the recommended prevention measures for blood clots,” explains Michael B. Streiff, MD, FACP, Associate Professor of Medicine and Pathology, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland, and Chair of NBCA’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Board. “For this reason, people who may be facing a hospital stay should take control of their care and work with their doctors to develop a prevention plan, because we want hospitalized patients to get better rather than get a blood clot.”
Using the latest digital communications tools, the Stop the Clot, Spread the Word™ campaign will reach millions of people to help them understand how blood clots can affect them and if they may be at risk for blood clots. The campaign web site includes a spectrum of integrated digital health education tools, including an online educational portal that offers
- A downloadable list of risk factors for blood clots
- A short video about how hospitalization can put you at risk for a blood clot
- A prevention plan checklist
- A campaign infographic
- Additional information to help people learn more about blood clot risks, signs and symptoms, and prevention before they enter the hospital
Learn more by visiting the campaign website.
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