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Johns Hopkins Hospital Symposium In Recognition Of DVT Awareness Month - 03/10/2010

Johns Hopkins Hospital Symposium In Recognition Of DVT Awareness Month

Release Date: March 10, 2010


Johns Hopkins Hospital symposium in recognition of DVT Awareness Month


Friday, March 5

8 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Hurd Hall

600 North Wolfe Street

Baltimore, Md.


It has rightly been called a silent epidemic. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which affects up to 2 million Americans per year, occurs when a blood clot forms in a large vein, usually in a leg. DVT can be deadly if the blood clot breaks loose, moves through the heart to the lungs and blocks a pulmonary artery or one of its branches (known as a pulmonary embolism). Blood clots in deep veins may stem from long airplane trips, surgery and hormone-replacement therapy. In 2003, former NBC journalist, David Bloom died from a pulmonary embolism caused by DVT while on assignment in Iraq.

Johns Hopkins Hospital will be hosting its second annual DVT symposium, which is free and open to the public. Experts will discuss the long-term consequences of this very serious condition and examine recent developments in the treatment and prevention of this common problem. Additionally, a panel will discuss Hopkins’ clinical innovations, new testing and treatments, appropriate patient care practices and safety measures in the treatment and prevention of DVT.

Keynote speaker for the event is William H. Geerts, M.D., professor of medicine at the University of Toronto in Canada and director of the Thromboembolism Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. This year’s speakers will also include Julie Ann Freischlag, M.D., the chair of the department of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a patient safety expert; and other Johns Hopkins DVT experts.

In January, the North American Thromobosis Forum (NATF), a nonprofit organization that focuses on unmet needs and issues related to thrombosis and cardiovascular diseases, such as deep vein thrombosis, named Johns Hopkins Hospital the recipient of their organization’s 2009 DVTeamCare Hospital Award. According to NATF, Hopkins was selected for developing a mandatory computer-based decision-support system to facilitate specialty-specific risk factor assessment and the application of risk-appropriate venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis. The award presentation takes place in early April at the Harvard Medical School.

For the Media


To cover the event, set up interviews or for further details, call John M. Lazarou at 410-502-8902 or e-mail . Hopkins faculty members are available for press interviews.