Pharmacist Involvement in DVT Awareness Month

MARCH 08, 2016
Did you know that March is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Awareness Month?
 
DVT is a serious yet preventable medical condition caused by a blood clot that forms in the veins.1 The most common signs and symptoms are swelling, pain, tenderness, and skin redness at the affected area.

Pharmacists in any practice setting—including community, ambulatory, and emergency—can counsel patients who have had a previous DVT and assess those at risk.

Risk factors for DVT include:2
  • Hospitalization
  • Surgery
  • Cancer and chemotherapy treatment
  • Vein injury
  • Family history of DVT
  • Genetic clotting disorder
  • Knee or hip replacement
  • Birth control pills, patch, or ring
  • Pregnancy and postpartum
  • Obesity
Pharmacists can provide patients with tips for preventing DVT, such as exercising and avoiding sitting for long periods of time

Regardless of whether a patient is picking up an anticoagulant or has just been hospitalized for DVT, pharmacists are in the best position to raise awareness and make an impact on their community.

References
  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Deep vein thrombosis. http://www.cdc.gov/features/deep-vein-thrombosis/index.html. Accessed March 7, 2016.
  2. National Blood Clot Alliance. Blood clot awareness month 2016. https://www.stoptheclot.org/. Accessed March 7, 2016.


Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, CPh
Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, CPh
Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, CPh, received her PharmD degree from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Pharmacy in 2006 and completed a 2-year drug information residency. She served as a pharmacy professor at NSU’s College of Pharmacy for 6 years, managed the drug information center, and conducted medication therapy management reviews. Dr. Gershman has published research on prescription drug abuse, regulatory issues, and drug information in various scholarly journals. Additionally, she received the Sheriff’s Special Recognition Award for her collaboration with the Broward, Florida Sheriff’s Office to prevent prescription drug abuse through a drug disposal program. She has also presented at pharmacist and physician continuing education programs on topics that include medication errors, prescription drug abuse, and legal and regulatory issues. Dr. Gershman can be followed on Twitter @jgershman2
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