The University of North Carolina Blood Clot Outreach Program (BCO) formally began in September 2010 with a mission to increase the knowledge of blood clots and clotting disorders through the development of educational programs for patients and health care professionals. The program is housed within the UNC Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center, which has a long leadership history in the area of thrombosis care.
UNC is one of five pilot thrombosis centers established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to find out how best to provide treatment and preventative care to people with thrombosis and thrombophilia. As a thrombosis center, UNC is able to offer multi-disciplinary teams of health-care specialists, clinical research programs as well as outreach and education.
The Clot Connect Project
Clot Connect (clotconnect.org) is a national collaborative outreach project led by the UNC Blood Clot Outreach Program. Clot Connect emerged in October 2010 from the recognition that although blood clots are a common health condition, there exists low public awareness. Additionally, it was understood that blood clot survivors face many unique challenges including risks associated with anticoagulant use (blood thinners), the development of post-thrombotic disorders and increased risks for future clots. Blood clot survivors and their families need information and support to manage the effects of a blood clot and to prevent future clots. It was also recognized that health care professionals need easier access to the latest treatment options and scientific research related to the diagnosis, care and management of patients with blood clots and clotting disorders.
Clot Connect initiatives are targeted at:
- Persons who have experienced a blood clot
- Health care professionals
- Persons at high risk for developing a blood clot
- The General Public
For more information about the UNC Blood Clot Outreach Program and Clot Connect project, contact:
Program Director, UNC Blood Clot Outreach Program-Clot Connect
Campus Box 7305
3185K Physicians Office Building
170 Manning Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7305