March is National Blood Clot Awareness Month: Venous thromboembolism resources are available at UNC

Clot Connect, www.ClotConnect.org, is an outreach program in the UNC Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center offering connection to educational information on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of venous thromboembolism.

March is National Blood Clot Awareness Month:  Venous thromboembolism resources are available at UNC click to enlarge Clot Connect

March is National Blood Clot Awareness Month.  Did you know:

  • Venous thromboembolism VTE (which includes the blood clots deep vein thrombosis DVT and pulmonary embolism PE) affects upwards of 600,000 Americans each year and causes more deaths than the more well-publicized conditions of breast cancer, AIDS,and motor vehicle accidents.
  • VTE is a leading cause of preventable hospital death in the United States.
  • VTE is the leading cause of maternal death in the United States.
  • One-half of VTE patients will have long-term complications and one-third will have a recurrence within 10 years.
  • An estimated $10 billion in medical costs in the US each year can be attributed to VTE.

Clot Connect, www.clotconnect.org, is an outreach program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center which provides a comprehensive clearinghouse for reliable, clinically relevant information on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of venous thromboembolism VTE. It is the only education program of its kind in the country.  About 30,000 persons per month utilize the web based education resources and it is growing.

Recognizing that VTE represents “a major public health problem, exacting a significant human and economic toll on the Nation,” the Surgeon General’s Office issued a ‘Call to Action’ report in 2008, which recommended a multifaceted approach, including enhanced education for both patients and clinicians.  Acting Surgeon General Steven Galson wrote at the time "we must disseminate information more widely about the availability of effective interventions to prevent and treat DVT/PE".

Clot Connect was designed to address this need for improved education by serving as a comprehensive clearinghouse for reliable, clinically relevant information on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of VTE.

Many VTE and their complications are preventable. The goal of education is to reduce morbidity and mortality from VTE, which translates into:

  1. Fewer DVT and PE.  DVT treatment costs alone are approximately $20,000 per patient with PE costs much higher.
  2. Fewer readmissions (due to poor anticoagulation management such as bleeds, recurrent clot).  Among patients with a first time VTE hospitalization, one study found that 25% had a hospital readmission with an average cost of $15,000.
  3. Less Emergency Room utilization (due to bleeds from anticoagulation, post-clot pain management)
  4. Fewer adverse outcomes (such as bleeding, post-thrombotic syndrome, pulmonary hypertension, recurrent clot)

In short, greater VTE education can lead to better health care and better patient outcomes, at lower costs.

 

Visit www.ClotConnect.org to see the resources we have available for both you and your patients.  There you will find:

 

For Healthcare Professionals…

  • VTE prophylaxis and treatment guidelines
  • Information on new oral anticoagulants recently FDA approved
  • Patient education materials
  • Healthcare professional’s education blog to assist with clinical care and anticoagulation management
  • Monthly newsletter to keep informed of latest resources and clinical care guidelines

 

For Patients…

  • Education materials, videos, webinars, website
  • Education blog answering common questions and concerns
  • Online support forum to connect with other patients