Thursday 13th October marks World Thrombosis Day, a day that focuses on the condition of thrombosis by spreading awareness, hosting educational events and advocating for systems of care to properly prevent, diagnose and treat the condition.
Platelet Services are supporting World Thrombosis Day (WTD) as a partner organisation to help spread awareness of the campaign.
WTD takes place every year on 13 October, the birthday of Rudolf Virchow – a pioneer in the pathophysiology of thrombosis, who helped to define the term and advanced the understanding of the condition.
Some key facts:
- 1 in 4 people worldwide die of conditions caused by blood clots (thrombosis)
- Up to 60% of all VTE (venous thromboembolism) events are hospital-associated
- There are over 7.6 million new ischaemic strokes each year – ischaemic stroke is also one of the conditions caused by thrombosis
- Globally, there are over 77 million people currently living who have experienced ischaemic stroke
- COVID-19 patients in the ICU are 3 to 6 times more likely to develop DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) than other critically ill patients.