Did you know that one in four people worldwide die of conditions related to thrombosis? This startling statistic is part of what drives and motivates leaders of the World Thrombosis Day campaign to continue to build awareness for thrombosis education and prevention across the world.

In Sunday’s education session, “World Thrombosis Day: Building Awareness and Elevating Impact for the Global Burden of Thrombosis,” supporters and activists of the World Thrombosis Day campaign joined together to discuss trending topics, key challenges, and what lies ahead for the campaign.

Led by World Thrombosis Day Steering Committee Chairman, Gary Raskob, PhD, the session opened with a presentation highlighting the need for a systematic approach to VTE risk assessment in the hospital setting, as well how the burden of thrombosis is impacting regions across the world. Attendees heard from two distinguished panels, each featuring representatives from World Thrombosis Day partner organizations and sponsors. Moderated by members of the World Thrombosis Day Steering Committee, these engaging discussions offered insight into the social responsibility behind the campaign and the outcomes that have been achieved to date.

In an effort to further emphasize the campaign’s global engagement, Craig Hooper, PhD, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (USA) offered a case study outlining the benefits of a strong governmental partnership and shared new ideas on awareness initiatives to highlight healthcare-associated VTE.

This interactive session provided attendees a unique opportunity to engage in discussions, ask questions, and consider how they can be a part of this urgent global movement. To learn more about World Thrombosis Day and to get involved, visit www.worldthrombosisday.org.

Would you like to support World Thrombosis Day while at ISTH 2017? Here are two exciting opportunities to get involved in Berlin:

  • Visit the ISTH booth, no. 200, and take a selfie at the #KeepLifeFlowing station. Bring your colleagues and make it a group activity to show your support.
  • Participate in a World Record attempt! The World Thrombosis Day campaign, with the generous support of Bayer / Time2Move, is going to try and break the world record for the most people participating in a chair-based exercise class. Meet at the entrance of Hall B on Wednesday, July 12, at 17:40 following the plenary session. Instructions for participation will be provided onsite; please plan at least 45 minutes of your time to participate.
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