7th February 2003

 

ECONOMY CLASS SYNDROME 

 

Deep vein thrombosis will be one of the topics of discussion for haematologists at a meeting to be held at the University of Lincoln later this month.

 

Chaired by Dr Mark Adelman, Consultant Haematologist at Lincoln County Hospital, the meeting will welcome two visiting speakers who will present the latest information available on this increasing problem.

 

Dr Patrick Kesteven, Consultant Haematologist at Freeman Road Hospital, Newcastle, will be presenting his theories on ‘Economy Class Syndrome’ while Mr Jeff Walker, Haemostasis Product Specialist at Instrumentation Laboratory (UK) Ltd – sponsors of the lecture series – will be discussing D-Dimers, an indication of DVT.

 

Deep vein thrombosis can be brought on by sitting in the same position for long periods, for example on an aeroplane, on coach journeys and in residential homes.

 

It can take as little as three hours to bring on DVT. The legs become cramped and the ankles swell so that the blood can no longer circulate freely. This leads to small clots forming on the underside of the feet, at the ankles and the lower legs which can become dislodged and pass through the lower veins and eventually become trapped in the arteries. This can then result in shortness of breath, chest pains, severe hypoxia and, in the worst case, death.

 

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 18th February at the university’s Brayford Pool campus.

 

The evening begins at 6.00pm with a buffet, trade show and discussion in Seminar Room 10 on the first floor, main building, followed by lectures between 7.00pm and 9.00pm in the Cargill Lecture Theatre on the ground floor.

 

The event has been organised by Path Links, a local pathology network which links pathologists across Lincolnshire.

 

“The lectures are for professional development purposes and are designed to keep local hospital staff updated on key issues,” said Dr Carol Rea, senior lecture with the university’s Lincolnshire Institute for Health.  “They are held mainly for local hospital staff but university staff and students are welcome to attend.”

 

For further information please contact Julian.Roberts@ulh.nhs.uk

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For more information contact: Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln,

Tel: 01522 886244 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk