First International VTE Conference
Caption: Dr Tomas Breslin, Minister Leo Varadkar and Dr Fionnuala Ni Ainle are pictured at the international VTE Conference in Croke Park.
The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and UCD School of Medicine hosted the first international VTE Conference, 'Modern Multidisciplinary Care in Venous Thromboembolism', which took place in Croke Park, 18th and 19th September 2015 at the nearby Croke Park.
The event, which brought together world-leaders in different specialities caring for patients affected by venous thromboembolism, also attracted top academic researchers who shared the results of cutting-edge translational research in this field. Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar TD, also addressed the conference delegates on the second day.
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) comprises deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE) and is a major health care problem. Over 1 million individuals are affected with VTE every year in Europe and >350,000 people die as a result. Moreover, VTE causes major morbidity in survivors: ~400,000 individuals annually in Europe experience chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTPH) and post-thrombotic syndrome (PTS; characterized by lower limb swelling, pain, varicose veins and ulceration).
Multidisciplinary care is a new concept in the VTE field. Traditionally, one speciality "owns" the disorder. However, best care is provided when individuals from different specialities share expertise. For example, a patient with a massive DVT would benefit from her emergency physician collaborating with a haematologist and an interventional radiologist to determine the role of immediate device intervention at the site of the clot in order to prevent future debilitating PTS, to choose the most suitable anticoagulant for her from the range of recently licenced mediations and to plan duration of anticoagulant therapy.